Are funny sounds from a hard drive a sign of different types of failures?
Before we answer that, just a reminder – if a hard drive makes any unusual sounds, turn it off immediately. Failure to do so could cause irreparable media damage, making the drive completely unrecoverable.
Indeed, each kind of sound may indicate a different kind of failure. For example, a drive that makes a repetitive clicking sound may indicate that there is media damage. This typically happens when a drive is powered on and it performs a self-test; reading areas of the platter that contain information such as the drive’s model number, capacity, number of sectors, etc. If this area is damaged, the drive will attempt to re-read it which causes the repetitive clicking sound.
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