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    HDD Whine

    Is it normal for a HDD to make a short whine when it is spinning up? I've noticed the noise coming from my new PC for a while and narrowed it down to a HDD. It lasts for about a second and it isn't very high-pitched like coil whine, but pitch does increase as RPM increases.

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    Re: HDD Whine

    Is it normal? Hmm, that is a tough question....

    I've had so many HDDs over the years and they have all had various different noises, what's normal and what's not is VERY hard to say.

    I doubt it's anything to be worried about, especially as you say it lasts for a second when you turn it on and it is probably exactly what you describe it sounds like...
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    Re: HDD Whine

    does it go ooOOOOOOOOOP?
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    Re: HDD Whine

    Lol, yeah exactly. It's a Samsung 500GB HD502IJ

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    Re: HDD Whine

    my seagate external 500gb does that. stop worrying about it, it cant go from 0 - whatever rpm instantly and its better for the drive to spin up gently
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    Re: HDD Whine

    Lol, sorry for posting lots of 'is this normal' questions but this is my first build so I'm still learning...

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    Re: HDD Whine

    I think I remember reading somewhere that fluid bearings only stabilise at high speeds - that would explain it.

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    Re: HDD Whine

    that would do it, but whatever it is it sounds healthy and there is no pinging or clunking or anything no?
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    Re: HDD Whine

    No, only the whine on spin-up and very quiet churning sound from the head when reading/writing disk.

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    Re: HDD Whine

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    very quiet churning
    mmm.. buttery



    you should have gone for an ssd, i can tell these moving part jobbies just scare you
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    Re: HDD Whine

    Intel SSDs look good. A little expensive at the moment, though (about £500) and low GB/£.

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    Re: HDD Whine

    yes, but then you wouldnt have to worry about moving parts moving must be worth the outlay
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    Re: HDD Whine

    But then he might start worrying about the number of times he can write to the drive

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    Re: HDD Whine

    Can you please ensure posts are put in the correct forum.

    This is clearly a hardware question, not a general discussion issue.

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    Re: HDD Whine

    OK thanks for moving

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    Re: HDD Whine

    Quote Originally Posted by strike-down View Post
    But then he might start worrying about the number of times he can write to the drive
    Lol. I don't mean to worry about things, I'm just not quite sure what's normal and what's not, yet. Thanks for the help, everyone.

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