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
Primary drive - 160GB SATA
WinXP Home SP2
I'll be happy to answer questions if more info is needed.