From: DIGLLOYD INC <email@example.com>
Date: August 19, 2009 8:50:39 PM PDT
To: David Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: diglloyd inquiry: Western Digital 1TB RE-3
I don't like the sound. Sounds like a failing drive.
Lloyd L Chambers
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"...It might do this for 30 seconds or more, then it settles down to its normal quiet self...."
> This is not the same behavior as with the ReadyNAS.
Maybe it isn't, but i wanted to confirm that this isn't (only) a problem of the ReadyNAS, but a problem of these particular WD disks with ReadyNAS or other controllers.
When having disk activity, i don't hear the clicksound. When server is not busy for a while, the clicking starts. It doesn't stop after 30 secs.
> If so, maybe the RAID controller or firmware are a factor.
I think that is true... problem is where to complain, WD or the manufacturer of the controller.
Or maybe the drives can be configured in a way not to respond to a specific command ("park yourself") they receive?
BTW: i want to contact WD about this. Do you have a call-number i can refer to?
i managed to record my clicksound. Compared to yours, it is definitely the same sound. Please let me know if you are interested, so i can let you download this sound in Mp3 format.
"I've never heard *any* of our drives make that sound before. That is definitely not right."
dhl wrote:yes, I would definitely be interested in hearing your recording. Please post the sound and let us know the URL.
dhl wrote:... His theory is that the SATA controller or firmware is sending a repeating "wake-up" signal to the drives, or that the drives are not getting stable power from the power supply. In either case, it's a problem caused by the host device, i.e. the ReadyNAS, not the drives.
dhl wrote:So I just want to confirm: This is a Win 2008 server with and Adaptec RAID controller?
During normal operation the drives really shouldn't make too much noise other than when the system is powered on or rebooted.
You may want to contact Western Digital to see if they have any suggestions as you are already running the most recent driver and firmware for the Adaptec 1430SA.
...Makes neat clicking noise.
...and sometimes has a tedious repetitive ticking...
The 'ticking' really annoys me. My ears perk up and I feel doom coming on when I hear a drive making an unusual noise. Reading the reviews here it appears it is normal for this drive. I guess I'll get used to it.
The ticking is pretty quiet if your computer is on the floor and away from your ear (still ticking).
Pros: Makes neat clicking noise.
Other Thoughts: Highest-End Drive WD makes and it was DoA... Does not restore confidence.
Cons: The drive is a bit loud for my tastes, and sometimes has a tedious repetitive ticking...
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