Laptop HDD started "chirping" loudly

kilobits

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Hey Hey

I have a friend whose Compaq laptop has starting chirping and "singing" loudly. Little very loud high pitched noises whenever the HDD is being accessed. Incredibly loud and slow at startup, but then gets quieter and eventually the laptop becomes responsive and usable.

Impending failure ?

I have suggested imaging the drive now ASAP and he will be dropping it off later today.

Any ideas from the boffs here ?
 
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kilobits

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You blokes are "snaaks" indeed ! :D

Here.. this is the sound it makes when booting... it sits on the Windows 7 "flying" windows thing and makes this sound for around 5 minutes...

http://www.techclean.co.za/v2/images/MyBB/annoyed_bird.mp3

Once the chirping stops, windows loads again... grrrr. I have not been able to image the drive as it reaches 20%, the chirping starts and everything times out and bombs.
 
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You blokes are "snaaks" indeed ! :D

Here.. this is the sound it makes when booting... it sits on the Windows 7 "flying" windows thing and makes this sound for around 5 minutes...

http://www.techclean.co.za/v2/images/MyBB/annoyed_bird.mp3

Once the chirping stops, windows loads again... grrrr. I have not been able to image the drive as it reaches 20%, the chirping starts and everything times out and bombs.
Morse code. Hide, the Russians are invading :D

Never heard anything like that before in my life, really weird. Sound a bit like a metallic scraping sound.

What you using to image with?
 

kilobits

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Ye Dogs! i have just popped in another 160GB hard drive... an Hitachi that I know is hundreds... and it now is making the same noises during a Windows 7 install !!!

This Compaq be possessed !!!

EDIT: Never mind....

Aaaagh! Dammned Tablet ... false alarm... the bloody tablet just played the sound I ftp'd earlier. Phew... shjoe and yoh... :eek: :p
 
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It sounds like an antistatic bush which rubs on the end of the bearing. It will eventually grind the brass bush down and the noise will go away.

Apart from the noise it should work just fine.
 

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Ye Dogs! i have just popped in another 160GB hard drive... an Hitachi that I know is hundreds... and it now is making the same noises during a Windows 7 install !!!

This Compaq be possessed !!!
Then it's most like the cpu fan. Clean the dust out.
 

kilobits

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I have the offending Seagate drive in an external enclosure on another machine... it is definitely the drive, the same single bird dawn chorus / Morse code sounds... just louder now.

In case you missed my earlier edit... the sound I heard with the new drive in the laptop was the recording playing back on my tablet... for some reason it decided it needed to play the sound I ftp'd earlier as Windows logo began to fly onto screen... weird timing and a relieved chuckle.
 

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In case you missed my earlier edit... the sound I heard with the new drive in the laptop was the recording playing back on my tablet... for some reason it decided it needed to play the sound I ftp'd earlier as Windows logo began to fly onto screen... weird timing and a relieved chuckle.
What are we to do with you kilo, eish! :D
 

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Disk media (platter surface) has degraded in the area of the files the machine loads when booting up. See it occasionally with Seagates, that noise in particular.

Get everything off it and wait for it to die.
 

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Disk media (platter surface) has degraded in the area of the files the machine loads when booting up. See it occasionally with Seagates, that noise in particular.

Get everything off it and wait for it to die.
Hi disk Guru!

It sounds dire and I have done just that... everything imaged, replacement drive installed for now, SSD on order.

Seagate drive still warbling in external enclosure in the next room... formatting.
Sounds like a trainwreck in slow motion!
 

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If you didn't do your 67 minutes for Mandabi last week, you could do a good deed and donate it for parts ;)
 

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