Help - Hard drive noise issue

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  1. Paulblo

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    Every couple of minutes my HDDs start cranking like they are accessing files, but as far as I know, they shouldn't be. It sounds as if you are defragmenting a drive but maybe a little bit more faint. To get it to stop, sometimes I can go to explorer and click through some of my directories and when I go two folders deep the sound will stop.

    Background
    I recently changed the fan in my psu and did some configuration changes in order to quiet down my pc. I would say it's about 25% of how loud it used to be. Either this problem started around the same time I did this, or now I notice it more because my fans are so much quieter.

    My system is an old but stable abit board with a 3000+ and a gig of ram running xp pro 32bit. It's overclocked to 2.4. I have 5 HDDs in my box right now and this is the configuration:

    C: - system - 74gig seagate sata
    D: - empty - 74gig seagate sata
    E: - file storage - 74gig western digital ide
    F: - downloads - 300gig western digital sata
    G: - storage - 300gig seagate sata

    The first thing I thought was that it was windows indexing files, which would make sense. Then I checked my services and I had indexing disabled. Then I thought maybe system HDD was going bad so I ghosted the C drive and switched it with D. Now those two drives are swapped andI unhooked D (old C) to make sure that drive wasn't going bad. The problem still occurs.

    I tried a sysinternals program called file monitor to see what the HDDs were actually accessing and it looked like they were not being accessed at all.

    I have tried installing vista on a separate HDD and the problem still occurs so I don't think it's related to the OS, but I don't know.

    Maybe windows spins up the drive every once and a while? Maybe I'm crazy and never realized this was a normal sound that HDDs make. It's just frustrating to hear how silent it is normally then every few minutes it's cranking away like it's doing something in the background. I want to know why it's doing this to either stop it, or understand it

    I'm at a loss as to what to try next. I'd appreciate any troubleshooting help I can get.
     
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    xp can auto-optimize the drive while idle. Sounds like that's what's happening.
     
  3. Paulblo

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    is that like indexing? what does that mean and can I turn it off?
     
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    you can turn it off. Indexing can be part of it, but not usually. Downloading updates and defrag are part of it's usual tasks.
     
  5. Paulblo

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    so do you know how to do that?
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    get tweakui and "optimize hard disks when idle"
    i think it might solve your problem, not totally sure though
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    Thanks for the reply, I had tweakui already installed and i just unchecked that. i'll see if it helps
     
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    I fail to see what the problem is. It's a useful task, and now you know what's going on. Why shut it off?
     
  9. Paulblo

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    it's not a useful task, i would rather have control of when the computer does thing. i do regular maintenance my self.

    it looks like this has fixed my problem, i haven't had it happen since i made the change. thanks for the help
     
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    actually, never mind, the problem is still there :wtc:
     
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    it seems to be working on different drives at different parts of the day. right now if i click through the D drive it will stop and if i click through the rest of my drives it will continue. earlier if i clicked through C it would stop. it feels like it's cataloging my files, but i have all of those type of settings off?
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    So it's defragmenting drives that you aren't using, and it stops doing it when you access the drives. Where's the problem?

    Anyway, it might also be the hard drives' S.M.A.R.T. self-tests.
     
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    are you running antivirus? it could be scanning in the background
     
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    i've completely uninstalled avg and it still happened.
     
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    the problem is the sound. if i want to defragment the drives i will do it. i dont 'want my machine to do anything unless i tell it to. i want it to run silent
     
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    maybe your case is amplifying the drive's vibration/noise
    use drive grommets to shut them up.
     
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    you're an OCD faggot if you complain about your hard drives working. Get a better fucking case.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    OCD? Possibly. Faggot? Maybe, I don't know you that well. Get a better case? Yes.
     
  19. Paulblo

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    ?? shouldn't harddrives be silent when they're not working?
     
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    BY YOUR OWN ADMISSION IT WAS WORKING.
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    Dude, that's not the point. You're being a control freak. The computer is doing shit to keep itself working properly and you're pissed off about it. Does that seem reasonable?

    Buy a case with rubber-mounted hard drive bays if you can't stand the noise. You will never, ever get the hard drives to completely stop working while the computer is on, because the programming that runs the hard drives was written by people who care whether the drives are functioning properly, not whether they make a few clicks from time to time.
     
  22. Paulblo

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    fine i give up. i wish i knew what the hard drive was doing though
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    DEFRAGMENTING!

    Jesus.
     
  24. Paulblo

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    it's not defragmenting
     
  25. deusexaethera

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    If it isn't defragmenting, then it's running a S.M.A.R.T. self-test. If it's not running a self-test, then you have spyware.

    Do you have Google Desktop, by any chance?
     

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