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Hard Drive Noises and System Upgrade

Mark Fickett Photography and Miscellanea

Which of these noises sounds the most like my unhappy drive?

recording of hard drive buzzing

(Warning: all of them are a bit loud.)

The drive I recorded (and replaced — shiny new 500GB SATA for naib) is a 200GB IDE Western Digital, about four years old, and having seen constant duty (on, if not reading/writing). There was no apparent data loss, and the drive replacement was mostly for space, though the sound was worrying.

Also, naib's updated to OpenBSD 4.2.

2007 Nov 20
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