Do all Western Digital 320/500GB hard drives make the 'swoosh' sound?

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Does your WD 320GB or 500GB hard drive make 'swoosh' sounds? (keep your ear close in a quiet room)

  1. No it doesn't.

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  2. Yes it's slightly audible.

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  3. Yes it's clearly audible.

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  1. Phil

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    Some people say ALL Western Digital 320GB and 500GB make the 'swoosh' sound. Is this true?

    If you have a Western Digital 320GB or 500GB in your notebook please answer the poll. Please make sure you are in a very quiet room and try to keep your ear close to the hard drive.

    If your WD does not make the swoosh sound please post what notebook you have it in or external enclosure.

    PS. I have been posting the same poll on Macrumors.
     
  2. TabbedOut

    TabbedOut Notebook Evangelist

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    Mine does... I really didn't notice how bad it was until I got an SSD; what I thought was the fan was actually the HDD running... I actually moved the WD to the secondary drive and sliced up some mechanical pencil erasers and used those to isolate the drive a little bit, and that seems to reduce the noise somewhat.
     
  3. Phil

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    Thanks for answering TabbedOut. Please answer the poll too.
     
  4. TabbedOut

    TabbedOut Notebook Evangelist

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    Done already (answered it about 30 minutes ago, just didn't have time to post a comment).
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    *EDIT*
    I just went to view the poll results and my vote is not showing up. I tried to vote again and it says that I can't vote twice...
     
  5. Tinderbox (UK)

    Tinderbox (UK) BAKED BEAN KING

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    Never heard a swooshing sound, the odd clunk as it parks it`s heads
     
  6. triturbo

    triturbo Long live 16:10 and MXM-B

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    I have literally to put my ear over the place where my hard drive is, in order to hear any sound from it. 1cm away and I can't hear anything, but the laptop's fan (which is like a whisper in case your are wondering how loud it is). In that moment I was searching for something, and an 1080p video was playing, is it enough? The only audible thing is the clunk from head parking.* 5920G + WD5000BEVT 22ZAT0 here.

    *My edit was gone, here it is now
     
  7. Phil

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    That should be enough yes or maybe try opening a program. If you can't hear anything from 1 cm that count as no imo. Thanks.
     
  8. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I can't hear anything, I took it out and put my ear beside my HDD.
     
  9. Phil

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    Voting seems to work normally now. I've voted for you 'yes it does slightly'.
     
  10. TehSuigi

    TehSuigi Notebook Virtuoso

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    WD3200BEVT checking in - no swooshing noises whatsoever (and if they do exist, I can't hear them over my laptop's fan).
     
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