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Old 01-08-2006, 12:37 PM   #1
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Yesterday I purchased and installed a Maxtor DiamondMax10 300GB SATA drive. I installed it as a second hard drive for data storage only. However now my computer is making a strange noise.

The noise is constant, no matter what tasks are being performed. It happens immediately from turning on the computer. I would describe it as being a "pulsing" sound. I hear 3 seconds of low noise, then it fades out to silence for about 3 seconds, then the noise picks up again for 3 seconds, etc etc. And this happens constantly even when the computer is idle. There is no difference in the noise when the drive is being accessed.

I don't know if the noise is coming directly from the drive, or from a fan or something, but the noise IS directly CAUSED by the drive. I opened up my computer and disconnected the drive's power and interface cables, and the noise immediately went away. But I left the drive in place, so the noise is not caused by something vibrating against the drive - it only happens when the drive is powered.

Thanks in advance for your help in resolving this issue.

Oh yeah, I should try to post some of my specs:

Alienware Area-51 7500
Dual-core P4 3.0GHz
1GB RAM
Primary drive - 160GB SATA
WinXP Home SP2

I'll be happy to answer questions if more info is needed.
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Old 01-08-2006, 02:01 PM   #2
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Hi,

I don't know the answer to your question, but want you just to check that you do not have a wire that connects to the hard drive that is being slapped by a nearby fan. That happens quite often when you mess inside the case (at least to most techs), and when you disconnect the drive, you move the cable that is causing the fan to touch it. Just a thought you might want to check.

I would also suggest that you get the drive manufacturer's utility and run it to see if the drive is O.K. or having problems with something. Here is a link to the utility:

https://tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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I ran the Maxtor diagnostic tool and the drive appears to be fine. I'm pretty sure that there is nothing touching any fans. If this were the case then the noise would probably be constant - not pulsing in and out like this.

Someone has suggested that this noise could be caused by different RPMs between the two drives. At this point I'm not sure.
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What you have discribed is bearing noise. Your fans can also make this noise when they start to go bad.
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I suggested in a different venue that you turn off the other drive and see if the sound is still present.
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