Hard Drive making high pitched noises

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by bjdku, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. bjdku

    bjdku Guest

    After installing Vista RC1, I noticed my hard drive is making audible high
    pitched noises. The pattern of the noise is 1 second steady beep-like noise,
    then maybe .1 second silence. When I create disk activity, the noise alters
    or disappears. I did not have this noise when running Windows XP. I have a
    Dell Latitude D810 with a Pentium M 1.73 and 1 GB RAM.

    It is possible that it isn't the hard drive making the noise, but seems like
    the most likely culprit.

    Any ideas?
    bjdku, Sep 21, 2006
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  2. bjdku

    Phillips Guest

    I'd look for overheating, poor connectors (power, IDE or SATA cable).
    Next, you can run a hard-drive 'health' tool form a CD or other media - most
    hard-drive manufacturers have such tools on their websites and Dell might
    have one as well.
    Chkdsk and defrag might also help - the heads might be in a sort of loop
    cause of corrupted or overly fragmented files or file table.
    Some drives spin down on idle - this one might be trying.
    If you have files that you need to backup/save, make sure you do that first.
    Phillips, Oct 1, 2006
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  3. bjdku

    bjdku Guest

    Thanks a bunch, these are great suggestions. I am thinking it may be an
    overheating issue, because Vista is just working my laptop a lot harder than
    XP did, but I am not certain. I will try each of your suggestions and post
    back if I figure it out.
    bjdku, Oct 1, 2006
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