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#1 Apr 16 2011 at 1:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello, my hard drive has been grinding when idle lately but when i get on FFXIV the grinding completely goes away. i have ran seatools and it passed all the tests, when i go into disk management it says healthy and my pc is running fine atm, im just wondering what this could be since my hard drive is 2 years old. i do have a fan in my hard drive bay but i dont think its the fan. my hard drive bay isnt tooless
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#2 Apr 16 2011 at 2:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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Well, it's either a fan, which is most likely, or its the bearing starting to go in the drive, in which case it should have shown up as a spinup issue under seatools. if the drive is on the smaller side and you don't have a backup in place, i'd replace it anyways with a larger one since drives are cheap. It's probably dust in the video card fan though. the reason that grinding would go away upon entering ffxiv is that once the fan kicks into higher revolution mode the bearing drag you are hearing as grinding goes away because the fan itself is spinning too fast. It's like the old card in the bicycle spokes trick.
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#3 Apr 16 2011 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
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ah well the grinding isnt loud i have to stick my ear right up against my case to hear it
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#4 Apr 16 2011 at 3:29 PM Rating: Decent
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its a seagate barracuda 250 gb 7200 rpm HDD btw, i just recently dusted out my pc too like a week ago so i know its not any of the fans. i notice no errors in my pc either other then that sound while idle its running fine

Edited, Apr 16th 2011 5:31pm by shady113
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#5 Apr 18 2011 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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Just be happy the heads didnt drop onto the platters like my old seagate laptop HD from years back.
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#6 Apr 18 2011 at 2:41 PM Rating: Decent
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well found a vid that sounds very similar to what mine is making vid comments say its fine but idk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9obzgmWrlM
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#7 Apr 19 2011 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent
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#8 Apr 19 2011 at 2:12 PM Rating: Good
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If you have access to it, do you have a sata power adapter at all? You could pull your drive and let it just sit idle on the table or something so you can actually see if it is indeed the drive itself that is making the noise.

I would try to pinpoint exactly what is making the noise before you make any other decisions on what to do to remedy the issue.
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#9 Apr 19 2011 at 6:33 PM Rating: Decent
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its definately my HDD
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