Noisy hard drive doesn’t always mean that there is a problem with the hard drive. However, if you think the noise you start hearing appears to be abnormal, you should do the following.
Here are a few tips on what to do when you have noisy hard drive:
- Back Up. Unusual noise that your hard drive can start making is most likely an indication that the hard drive is failing. Back up all your information on an external media. You can run “Back UP” option that comes with your computer located in All Programs ® Accessories ® System Tools ®Back up. You can also use an external hard drive.
- Inspect visually. Open your computer case with the computer running. Listen to the noise to make sure it does come from your hard drive. The most common source of an unusual noise is some wire or cable touching your cooling fans. Gently push the wires back into the case.
- Run Chkdsk. Chkdsk can help to verify the integrity of the hard disks and fix any problems it can find. Go to All Programs ® Accessories ® Command Prompt. Type “chkdsk/F”. This command will automatically fix any errors found on your hard drive. You can also access this option through “My computer”. Right click on the hard drive you want to check. Usually, your primary drive will be named C:. Select Properties ®Tools tab. Under “error checking” option click on “Check now”. Select “Automatically fix file system error” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors”.
- Have a replacement ready. Unfortunately, if the chkdsk doesn’t fix the problem, it’s likely your hard drive will fail soon. Have a replacement ready in case you do need to replace it. In that case you can have your computer running again with a good hard drive in no time.