Quick or Thorough Format - New HDD

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    i bought a 320GB SATA II Seagate HDD. There is a wierd sound when its been accessed. Its very irritating. When I installed windows i chose the quick format option. was this a problem.

    I did a spped test using HDD Tach and the results were matching with the result i found in a review of the same HDD.

    so please tell me whether the sound is due to not doing a thorough format.
     
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    both should not be problem....means either formatting type...as companies themself pre-format the disk before packaging....they r ready for use....
    r u sure noise is from HDD and not any other source???
     
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    yes its from the HDD. 100%.

    does bigger HDD have this type of noise and is this normal????
     
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    ^^Is it a thai/china drive or singapore drive? Thai/china drives are noisy.
     
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    see seagete hdd does gives out sounds..it not completely silent....have u tighten the hDD screws properly????
     
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    yeah its all tight. i dont think the drive's vibrating. its coming from inside. but its very irritating.
     
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    hey off topic..how much did this machine cost u..can u post individual prices..?????
     
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    sure. Im from Cochin btw so prices are a bit high.

    E6300 - 9100 + tax
    DG965WH - 7300 + tax
    320 GB SATA II Seagate - 4800 + tax
    2x1 GB DDR2 667 Mhz - 11000
    Samsung 740n - 11500


    Total approx - 48000
     
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    Is the sound continuous or does it come only when the disk is being read from/written to? If its continuous, then it's a problem, otherwise its normal for the HDD to make soft "click" noises when its being used.
     
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    its only when its being accessed. not always.

    but its really annoying. and its not exactly click noises
     
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    Ideally it should not make any noise. Try SeaTools("Online" or "Desktop") from Seagate incase it can identify any problem. (They boast 98% accuracy)

    You would like to get it replaced in case of persistent noise.
     
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    ik not expreriencing any speed probs. in all speed tests the results are good. its only the sound prob.

    does big hdd have tis problem?
     
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    well i recently bought a 160gb seagate drive and this one too gives out noise when accessed but not always. and yes the sound is like kech kech.
     
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    does SeaTools works with non-seagate HD?
     
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    Some time back, when I tried it with Samsung, it didn't work.
     
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    hmmm. im thinking of getting mine replaced. cause the sound is very irritating,
     
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    i chcked that. im thinking atb get it replaced
     
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    I just read a post in the Storagereview forum which says...

    So pray before the change so that you get a silent HDD. I read that the Seagate 7200.10 HDDs which have a sticker over the drives motor spindle at the bottom of the HDD have a better chance of being a quite one. See this POST...

    http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?s=&showtopic=22660&view=findpost&p=231763
     
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    thank u for pointing me to that site. it seems that this particular drive is very noisy and even if i get it replaced there is very little chance i get a quieter one. also i read on seagate site that ull get a Factory repaired replacement so i may get a really bad one.

    so i think i shud keep my current drive. the warranty is 5 years so if it gets worse ill get it replaced later.
     
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