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Old 06-21-2005, 01:32 AM   #1
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Clicking noise on WD raptor w/ raid 0


I had this problem with hdd clicking noise everytime i tried to do something in X (gnome 2.10, xfce4.2, etc) like open application, move app window, play media file, etc...

using 2x 36G raptor using 3ware hardware raid0 on slackware 10.1 (kernel 2.4.29) , Nforce3-150 mb by gigabyte, using reiserfs and 512MB DDR400 RAM

not really sure if its entirely hdd problem, its new and have been using for couple of weeks without problem. there is no significant io activity during the clicking noise (from gkrellm -- user perspective), however it does causes delay in respond time..

can faulty memory or other device causes this problem?

i have no spare parts to test at the moment, so any idea(s) would be greatly appreciated...

Thank You.
Old 06-21-2005, 01:45 AM   #2
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My old hdds made clicking noises all the time, I've had 2 ones that made some bad noises in the last few years and had to return them, one wouldn't format at all, and the other wouldn't let me write to it (I/O errors). But sometimes they can be a bit noisy and be ok. I believe it can just be the bearing unlubed or something like that, but I am not entirely sure. I've never heard of any other parts making the harddrive make noises, but it could be something else causing a delay.
Old 06-21-2005, 03:12 AM   #3
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Hard drives should not be making audible sounds/clicks, and if your HD is making noise, I'd recommend returning it for a refund or exchange. Noisy hard drives often are the result of failing bearings, and if the bearings go, the drive is likely to become toast in the not too distant future. Bottom line, RAM or other devices would not produce clicking noises from the HD. If I were you I'd backup any important data, the wipe the drive and return it. Not trying to be negative or discouraging, just realistic. Good luck with it -- J.W.


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