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mY HARD DRIVE WHIRRS ALL THE TIME

Bvalkor,

I downloaded the software and run the benchmark on my hard drive as you instructed.

However, as I am a novice at computer repairs, I do not really know what the results mean or how to inturpret them.

I'm not sure if the numbers it spits out are good or bad.

The only thing I'm positive about are the following:

The benchmark took 15 minutes;

It was based upon 239 mb of space;

82% of my hd is free;

Other than that, I'm not really sure what to tell you.

If you tell me some avg's to look for, I'll run the benchmark again and write back later with all information that was on my screen.

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After the test is run you will see where it says "current drive" and to the right a drive index number. What number did you get?
 

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My hard drive whirrs all the time

Bvalkor,

After I re-ran the test, the DRIVE INDEX NUMBER was 3598.

Is this good or bad?

I'm not sure what a good drive index number is compared to a bad one.

Please explain.
 

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Re: My hard drives whirrs all the time

GOALIEFN said:
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Finally, I just a while ago found a document on the Microsoft Knowledge Base which seems to illustrate this problem.

The article canbest be viewed at:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];Q229154

To sum it up, the article states that if you ar running Windows and a harddrive larger than 8 gb, with cluster size of les than 8 kb.

It really does not say much more except to contact the manufacturer.

Can you offer any more clues or ways to remedy this problem?
I have checked into this Microsoft article and other places. If your partitions were created with Ontrack it is possible that cluster size is less than 8KB and causing the memory error in scandisk and defrag. Go to Start --> programs --> MSDOS Prompt. In the dos window type CHKDSK and press enter. There should be a line that says XXXX bytes in each allocation unit. What is that number? If this number is less than 8KB then you may need to backup your data and reformat the drive. I am looking but I have not yet been able to find a way to change cluster size without reformating.

Also, the drive index number of 3598 from Sandra is low, but this may be due to the cluster size.
 

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My hard drive whirrs all the time

Bvalkor:

I check the memory allocation unit number and it is 4096.

Am I to assume that is only using 4 mb of my ram?

My system was not always performing this way, has something changed?

Could this be the reason my system is whirring?

Maybe it is not the hard drive after all, but rather my system struggling to meet its needs, so to speak?

I have never reformatted a drive myself. Is there a website you can recommend where I can get a step by step of the procedures necessary to perform this task?

Are there any how-to books on the subject?

Also, any tips on reformatting you can provide would be much appreciated.

I'm trying to avoid paying a shop $100.00 or more just to do this when I believe I can do it myself.

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Do you know of anyone that can stop by and help you get the case off. That is about the only way to determine for sure the sound is coming from the hard drive or a case/power supply fan.
 
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Do you know of anyone that can stop by and help you get the case off. That is about the only way to determine for sure the sound is coming from the hard drive or a case/power supply fan.
I already tried this to no avail there B
 
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