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Hard Drive Whirring like a m

trixtahtrixtah Registered User regular
edited November 2006 in Help / Advice Forum
Normally, I don't turn off my computer but I decided to last night. Skip to this morning, I power up and my hard drive starts whirring like a mother f--loud as hell. In the next minute it stops. I turn off my computer, reboot, etc, and the sound is gone. I can't find any information online, or maybe my google-fu just sucks. Does this noise predict imminent HD failure?

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    exoplasmexoplasm Gainfully Employed Near Blizzard HQRegistered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I don't think hard drives whirr. They grind and chisel, but not whirr. Fans whirr, and can be god-awful sounding when off balance.

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    robaalrobaal Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Some video cards have dynamically controlled fans on them and when you turn the computer on they run them at maximum speed for a while, but it would do that every time you reboot, I think...

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    trixtahtrixtah Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I'm pretty sure this was coming from the front of the case, but I'm not too sure. I took off the side panel and had my ear right next to he HD and it sounded like it was coming from there.

    Yeah, this is the first time I've ever heard something that loud coming from my computer.

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    headn00bheadn00b Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Do you have a fan at the front of your case? I have one at the front, near the bottom. You can't see it from the inside because of the hard drives, and when it broke I thought for sure it was one of the hard drives. Took me ages to figure it out.

    I'd check all the fans in your case before jumping to conclusions, although if the sound stopped that could prove difficult :wink:

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    Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Yeah, hard drives don't really whir.

    You may have been hearing your CDROM drive, because that will whir if there is a disc in it during POST.

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    trixtahtrixtah Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I never installed a fan in the front and there wasn't a disc in the CDROM, but since the sound is gone now, I guess I'll stop worrying :) thanks for the replies

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