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 Post subject: Strange noises from my 7200.7
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:52 am 
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I have a 200GB Seagate 7200.7 that has an unusual behavior.

When idling for a couple of minutes, it will make this repetitive click-cla-click-cla-click noise for several minutes and then stop. After a few minutes, it will do it again. Lather, rinse, repeat. If you try and access data on the drive, the noise stops until it's idling again, and then the pattern repeats.

SeaTools showed no defects, but I RMA'd it because:

1) I've never heard a drive do this before
2) It's damn annoying

Seagate sent a refurb drive back, but it does the SAME damn thing! It makes me wonder if they just took the logic board off my old drive and slapped it on some refurb platters or something.

Has anyone else experienced this?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:26 am 
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I think that's the self check feature. It's intentional AFAIK (well, it does the same on mine!)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:55 am 
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It's called "Autoscan". After some time of inactivity, the drive starts scanning itself for errors. You can try to disable autoscan with a little prog called "DTemp", however I find it to work properly only with some drives. Other than that you could try writing a batch file that accesses the HDD every 30 seconds or so. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:59 am 
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My Seagate 7200.7 does the same thing, very annoying in a system that's running 24/7 in my bedroom. That's why I replaced it with a Samsung drive, now it's just used as an external backup.

My good old 5400RPM Seagate was a great drive, but the more recent drives have been disappointing.


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My 7200.7 did the exact same thing. I spoke with Seagate on the phone, and they said it was normal behavior. Since I couldn't stand the sound, I returned it and I picked up a Samsung P80 instead. Been very pleased so far.


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Autoscan disable feature in the latest DTemp does not work on my 7200.7 120GB PATA drive.

WTF was Seagate thinking? I think my next drive will be a Samsung.
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Any updates on this?

I also have seagate baracuda 7200.7 160GB PATA, 7200, 8MB and that autoscan noice is driving me crazy. It is used in external fw/usb2 case with no fans. And I use notebook with 4200rpm drive also with no fans running.

Any way to disaabel that idle autoscna noise?

Thanks


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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 2:28 pm 
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My 7200.7 does the same thing :P (160GB PATA version).
Also, My 7200.8 does the same thing too (80GB SATA version).

I heard that they remove this "feature" on 7200.9 drive but I don't own it so no comment.

I'm thinking about getting a good drive with higher capacity (250-300GB). Nevertheless, the Seagate rebate make their price much more attractive than other brands plus they have the best warranty in the market.

Hopefully, the 7200.10 will include AAM (but I believe the spec show 2.7b noise......mmm....)


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