Why is my hard drive making spring sounds?

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I have a Seagate barracuda 7200.8 (st3400832a) 300GB model, and it’s making a funny sound.

The hard drive works perfectly at start up, bios detects it, act. But while it’s booting it will make a spring recoil noise randomly. then, some times while I’m right in the middle of loading something,

It will make a light click then crash (usually between 3-10 hours of being on), but if I reboot, it works again.

Any ideas on what it is and how to fix it?

 

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Answered By 563070 points N/A #81008

Why is my hard drive making spring sounds?

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When hard drive is making noise or sound, then the possible problem is that the hard drive itself is failing.

What needs to be done is to run free hard drive diagnostic software. This cleans out all unnecessary problem with the hard drive. There are also software that can be installed that runs independently using your OS such as SeaTools for DOS and SeaTools for Windows. These are the called hard drive testing tools.

This tool usually fixes the problem but if not, then I do recommend to be ready for back-up storage. A replacement of hard drive is needed for this.

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Why is my hard drive making spring sounds?

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Your hard disk is nearly failing and anytime you will lose all the data that you have on that hard drive. Make sure you backup you data now before it’s too late. The spring recoil noise is normal for hard drives that are ageing or are full and a lot of data is being read/written to it by the computer.

However, the clicking sound is an indication of an imminent hardware failure and you should beware of it. If you can, should look for a replacement hard drive as early as now so that you can replace that as soon as it gives in or as soon as you have the budget.

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