My hard drive is making a papery squeaking noise

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  1. fixthe fernback

    fixthe fernback New Member

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    It sounds like there is a mouse in my computer. SMART reports nothing unusual. Is the hard drive fucked? How can I tell? It is working fine as far as I can tell, no freezing or anything...
     
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    Better be safe. Don't wait for it to fail.
    Backup your data, then test with drive diagnostic software.
     
  3. fixthe fernback

    fixthe fernback New Member

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    What would you recommend for a good diagnostic tool?
     
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    the one from your hdd manufacturer's website
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Back up your data first. The diagnostic tool might try to fix errors, which could actually instigate a failure. Make sure your data is safe before doing anything else -- kinda like how you exit a burning building before attempting to extinguish the flames.
     
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    Good burning building analogy... describes my luck with hard drives perfectly.
     
  7. fixthe fernback

    fixthe fernback New Member

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    Sweet jesus! turns out it wasn't a hard drive at all, it was a squeeky fan mimicing a hard drive :squint: Now I just have to figure out how to lube this thing up...
     
  8. Doomsday

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    if fan is sleeve bearing, just replace it.
    if ball bearing,...
    1. remove sticker from fan
    2. if the fan is small, you will immediately see the bearing, else there will be a rubber cover or something which you need to remove to expose the bearing
    3. jizz on the bearing

    don't use WD40. it's more of a degreaser than a lubricant.
    use sewing oil.
     
  9. fixthe fernback

    fixthe fernback New Member

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    thanks, I'll look into getting some oil. The fan is a 2 ball bearing blower-type fan which I bet isn't cheap to replace, so I wanna fix it. There's a bunch of red powder all around the bearing. Is this stuff kind of like graphite powder? Can I still use a liquid lubricant?
     
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    Yes, it's graphite powder.
    Those last long so you can just leave them be. Just add oil.
    But if you do want to replace them, just use a q-tip.
    Auto stores sell graphite powder (and oil).
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Graphite powder is grey. I have no idea what the red powder is, but if you pop off the little C-clip that keeps you from removing the fan blades, then you can take the fan blades off and clean the crap off the bearings. Add a drop of light machine oil (which you should always have a bottle of), or my personal favorite is Tri-Flow bicycle lube (now with Teflon!), and then stick the fan blades back on and call it a day. You don't need to reinstall the C-clip, because the fan motor magnets will keep the fan in one piece. This way you can keep the fan oiled and dusted easily.
     
  12. wiseoldmofo

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    For the cost of a fan....just replace it. I gave up trying to "oil" the damn things. Always found myself tearing into it again within a month.
     
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    Most ball bearing fans use sealed bearings. Just replace it.
     

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