Is this the sound of a failing hard drive?

mass mass February 27, 2013
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This is the sound coming from hard drive lately. I’m not experiencing any type of errors, just this sound occurring when drive plates are spinning and something is being written.

Is it normal or should I worry about it?

Below is the link to SoundCloud where I uploaded the sound file:

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  1. Etech Etech
    February 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    You can also try running chkdsk from the command line to see if there are any sectors going bad.

  2. Tanveer Ahmed
    February 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    the sound is normal but you can ckeck your harddrive health status bu downloading some tools like crystal disk info and Harddisktune pro

  3. Gaurav Anwardekar
    February 28, 2013 at 5:23 am

    it can be the sound but if a wire is touching any fan it can make tht sound too

  4. Jan Fritsch
    February 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    It's hard to say from this recording itself but it does sound rather normal to me.

    Is the hard drive by any chance connected vertically with the connectors to the top or bottom? The sounds hard drives emit can vary depending on their orientation.

    I thought my mothers computer hard drive was failing (sounding rather similar) but all tests I did were in the "green". I exchanged it with a 3 month old hard drive that was used only twice before. While I recalled the hard drive not giving any distinct sound before it had exactly the same sound as the old one the minute ~ similar to your recording ~ the day I put it into her computer.

    Either way I suggest reading the following article:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/all-the-tools-you-need-to-predict-the-death-of-your-hard-drive/

  5. ha14
    February 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    did you run some hard drive diagnostic tools? when id did started the nows?

    4 Tools To Predict and Prevent Hard Drive Failure
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/all-the-tools-you-need-to-predict-the-death-of-your-hard-drive/

    CrystalDiskMark & CrystalDiskInfo – Valuable Disk Diagnostics For Free [Windows]
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/crystaldiskmark-crystaldiskinfo-valuable-disk-diagnostics-for-free-windows/

    5 Signs Your Hard Drive Lifetime is Ending & What To Do
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-signs-hard-drive-lifetime/

  6. Rob Hindle
    February 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    If you even need to ask the question, you've got a problem. Hard disk is probably the component most at risk of failure in your PC, things have got worse - manufacturers warranties used to be 5 years, with cheaper disks it can nao be as little as one year.
    You are best advised to have good backups so when that fateful day arrives that your PC dies all you need is a new disk and restore your backups.
    A noisy disk can just be a sign it's getting full. Loud clicks are serious. If you are concerned why not buy a copy of http://www.xxclone.com/, install a new disk, copy everthing across then use xxclone to keep the duplicate up to date. If the primary dis does fail all yuou need do is swap.

  7. Oron Joffe
    February 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    No, this sounds perfectly normal to me. However, it's possible that your disc is heavily fragmented and writing is therefore noisier than usual (the armature needs to move a lot more, which causes the "ticks & clicks"). Defrag your HD and see what difference that makes.

    • Benjamin Benkert
      March 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      I agree with Oron Joffe.

  8. Adam Campbell
    February 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The sound of hard drive failing can take a lot of forms. I would be lying if I said that I was sure that that sound is the hard drive failing, but you can never be too cautious. Back up as soon as you can, and continue to do so regularly until if and when your hard drive does crash.

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