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Re: Hard drive noises
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Hard drive noises
- From: Chuck Yerkes <chuck+obsd_(_at_)_2004_(_dot_)_snew_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 17:38:53 -0400
Quoting Chris Zakelj (c_(_dot_)_zakelj_(_at_)_ieee_(_dot_)_org):
> My firewall box is currently using an old Seagate 700M drive. Last time
> I had this drive in use, it functioned flawlessly and silently. Before
> packing it away, I even ran Steve Gibson's SpinRite5 on it just to see
> if it would be happy about the drive's health (it was). Last week, the
> old fw drive died, and I reinstalled using this 700M drive. Only now,
> about every 5 minutes or so, there is a clearly audible clicking noise
> that's making me uncomfortable (think ZIP drive click of death).
> fsck_ffs doesn't report anything amiss, so I'm thinking the the BIOS (or
> drive itself) is attempting to go into powersave mode even though I have
> it turned off, then oBSD turning around and saying "Oh no you don't!"
You skipped one likely candidate.
Physical failure. As a drive head motor resets itself or any of the
stepper or servos age and die.
Far more likely than a software/firmware issue. Old disks move, so they die.