03-20-2011 04:30 PM
03-20-2011 05:16 PM - edited 03-20-2011 05:37 PM
Is this possibly the sound you're hearing (Sample #1)?
or, how about this one (Sample #2):
03-21-2011 12:14 AM
03-21-2011 12:47 AM
05-23-2011 09:33 AM
05-23-2011 03:50 PM
If it's not power related I would back it up and get it swapped out, as it's only two weeks old I would take it back to the re-seller rather than RMA it, that way you should get a brand new drive in exchange, so open up the case and if your PSU has no known name on it and under 450w replace that first as anything below that is pushing it with modern PC component's, you only need a dying rail and this will happen, also the drive will be degrading all the time if you run it underpowered, hth.
07-04-2011 04:45 AM
I have two identical hard drives of this tipe ST31500341AS, about 2.5 years old.
They both have firmware SD1B and worked fine until now. One of them started clicking, at first only once every few minutes, but eventually got worse and got to a continuous clicking about once every two seconds.
The second drive did the same thing two weeks later, threatening to lose all my data, including what i managed to salvage from the other drive.
I found a solution to this problem completely by accident, when I was handling with my bare hands one of the hard drives, WHILE IT WAS POWERD ON.
I discovered that touching the bare circuit board with my fingers caused the write heads inside the hard drive to go all crazy, emitting loud clicking sounds and high pitched sounds. After playing around with my fingers on the circuit board for a few seconds, I found that when a leaved it alone the drive immediately stopped clicking and began working normally again. After a full format I found no bad sectors and the overall performance is great. Since then I copied almost 1.4 TB of data back to the drive and everything works fine, not a single click since.
I have done the exact same thing with my second drive and it worked like a miracle, although I must admit that I had to repeat the circuit board massaging routine 4 or 5 times until the clicking stopped completely and performance returned to what it was before. For a while I was still getting occasional clicking and decreased transfer rates, but eventually it all gone away.
Perhaps one of the forum moderators can report this to the tech support. Maybe this is some weird firmware bug, and not an actual hardware failure.
I just cant explain how two identical hard disks can possibly come back from the dead like that.
07-04-2011 10:22 AM
It could be you had a loose sata lead, and when you took them out to test you then made a proper connection again, if it made the screech sounds the disk isn't going to be 100% anymore, it's the same principal as when you scratch a record, everything in that scratch is physically removed from existance.
07-04-2011 10:46 AM
Neah, I had the same problems with two hard drives. I connected them many times and with different power connectors/SATA cables. The problems went away only after i fiddled with the PCB. Whatever was wrong with them went away then. It dosent look like any major damage happened. Like i said before, both of them were formated and returned 0 bad sectors.
Just to be safe I bought another hard drive and copied all my data there. Now I`ll just have to wait and see if they last thru the months ahead.