HDD Failure? 7 replies

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trekkie00

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#1 12 years ago

Is there any way to tell if a HDD is about to fail? Right now I am using a very old 6-gig HDD to store some files and am thinking of installing Linux on it. However, when I access the drive, I hear a grinding sound. It only does this for the few seconds while I begin using it (looking at music info on it for the first time). Is this normal for an older hard drive? Or should I get a new drive? Thanks for your help.




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#2 12 years ago

If you go to the manufacturer's website, they usually offer free tools to analyse your harddrive.

The grinding noise is definitely not a good sign though.


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#3 12 years ago

Hern I wouldn't suggest you installing Linux on a 6GB HD. Most distros like Suse for example will take up 8GB on packages. Linux its self only needs around 512mb to install but for a complete system your looking around 4-8GB of space....

On the HD my 2 HD's I have make a grinding noise from time to time, usaly only when its loading a really big file. I never had a HD that never made a grinding noise. It should be fine.




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#4 12 years ago

Hern I wouldn't sugest you installing Linux on a 6GB HD. Most distros like Suse for example will take up 8GB on packages. Linux its self only needs around 512mb to install but for a complete system your looking around 4-8GB of space....

On the HD my 2 HD's I have make a grinding noise from time to time, usaly only when its loading a really big file. I never had a HD that never made a grinding noise. It should be fine.




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#5 12 years ago

its probably normal, my old 8GB WD drive makes the same sound and it works fine.




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#6 12 years ago

Depends how loud the grinding is. A certain amount is to be expected under normal operation, however if it gets quite loud then I'd say you've got problems. Check your drive's SMART analysis in the BIOS, and have a snoop around on Google for some hard drive analysis tools.




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#7 12 years ago

Check your drive's as soon as possible. and bac.kup your info.




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#8 12 years ago

Old drives are notoriously loud, and long seeks (particularly for fragmented or otherwise disjoint files) cause what could be construed as a loud grinding sound. Quite normal.

OTOH, clicking noises are almost a sure sign of failure. Also, if it sounds like the drive is making the same one noise over and over again... problem.