Clicking Noise issue *resolved*

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  1. aidil

    aidil Notebook Evangelist

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    Just wanted to update info onto this thread.

    I have 2 WD Scorpio Black WD3200BJKT which both I installed in my Studio 17. The first one doesn't have the clicking noise at all. The newer one which I installed in the 2nd hard drive bay makes this clicking noise constantly. Both have the same firmware version.

    I've found using software to set the APM to performance (FEh) could solve the problem but it's not convenient since it needs to be reapplied every time the laptop wakes up from sleep, so I end up accepting the noise... Until just recently I decided to move the clicking WD3200BJKT to my Fujitsu laptop (as the one and only installed HDD) and guess what...? The clicking noise disappears. :)
     
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    tylertakagi Newbie

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    I installed parm, ran it in cmd prmpt, and put in "hdparm.exe -B 254 hda" and it didnt work. i still hear that insuffurable clicking!! my os is Vista x64 SP2. is it working with SP1 only??
    please help i've tried everything
     
  3. tylertakagi

    tylertakagi Newbie

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    oh and it also tells me that it has changed it to 254 performance blah blah and yet i can still hear the noise when i out my ear up to my laptops key board
     
  4. Phil

    Phil Retired

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    Quiet HDD
    http://sites.google.com/site/quiethdd/
     
  5. Lap

    Lap Notebook Geek

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    I would just like to post another interesting find. By using NHC and the directions on the first page, my hard drive now seeks quieter too. Very helpful thread.

    ...though my hdd went from 37 celsius to 41 celsius, so maybe I'll deal with the noise.
     
  6. parmak

    parmak Newbie

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    Finaly, i think, the best and permanent solution for Western Digital Scorpio Blue 2,5'' is to disable the idle timer of the disc. On Western Digital drives you can use this tool http://files.hddguru.com/download/Software/Western Digital/wdidle3_1_05.zip, made by WD. Offcourse, boot to ms-dos.

    The idle timer on my WD1200BEVE was factory set to 8s. What a nightmare!
    Firstly i've set the timer to 60s, but there was a problem. The hard drive would block after 60s under DOS or even earlyer when loading windows, so i disable the idle timer and that was it. Since then the HDD is working quietly, i don't expirience spin-down's and it is finally faster than my older 40GB Fujitsu.

    I got my WD1200BEVE 5 days ago and since i've put it in my T42 i haven't sleeped a night, mostly searching the web for a solution. For the most of you that are satisfied with the 254 seting of APM, you can use this tool too HDDGURU Downloads > Software > HDDScan > HDDScan_v31.zip. It does not need installation (just run it under windows) and can set AAM and the idle timer with a permanent value, but for APM you'll have to set the 254 on every power-up.

    In fact on HDDGURU: Laptop and Desktop Hard Disk Drives, Tests, Software, Firmware, Tools, Data Recovery, HDD Repair there are a lot of generic HDD tools and even more for every major hard disc maker. Tools from Westerd Digital that you cannot find on their site, for instance.

    I am very dissatisfied with Western Digital. They have erased all the articles on this matter from their knowledge base. There is no firmware update for this entire series of Scorpio Blue, nor any kind of tool to save the curent firmware in a file form and to replace it with another one that suits you. That is something that every serious matherboard manufacturer ofers, for a comparison.
    They are many, many threads on the web about clicking noise or sound from the hard disc of any brand. Infact, if you make a search on the "clicking noise" or "clicking sound" with the capacity criteria, you will find that the number of complains is riseing with the quantity of gigabytes.
    WD and other producers of HDD see that the slogan "preserves battry life" sels well and don't care about anything else.

    thank you, i hope that this solution, to disable the IDLE timer of the HDD will work equaly good for everyone else as it did for me.
     
  7. timg11

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    I have a Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT in a Dell D820.
    I've had it for about 4 months, and it has been perfect.

    Today, it started making clicking noises every second or so. Rebooting didn't stop it. I ran the WD diagnostics and looked at the SMART data in the Nirsoft DiskSmartView program, thinking failure was imminent. The diagnostics reported no problems, and the SMART data looked normal. However, I observed that the Load Cycle Count was incrementing every second or so, in sync with the noises.

    Searching a bit brought me to this thread. I ran HDPARM with the command "hdparm.exe" -B 254 hda", and the noises stopped.

    My question is why would the drive work silently and normally for 4 months, then suddenly start exhibiting this Idle Timer problem?
     
  8. seoulless

    seoulless Notebook Guru

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    thanks. worked for me.
     
  9. fedoramf

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    this wouldnt work on windows 7 (64 bit), would it?
     
  10. Borought

    Borought Newbie

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    For all those with new Hp laptops, note that these computers bring an aplicattion called HP 3D Driveguard wich parks the hard drive head for safety very often (about every 5 seconds of inactivity in some hard drives) making the clicking sound. If the laptops falls to the floor or something, it is less probably the drive suffers damage this way.

    Anyway, if you do not move the laptop when using it, this application is useless and very annoying, as you, clicking hard drive owner, can know.

    Turn off this. And the clicking sound will be way more moderate, about once every 1 or 2 minutes of inactivity or so.

    It worked for me... that Hp driveguard thing annoyed me to hell.
     
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