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Old June 28, 2009, 12:07 PM
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All traditional HDDs have moving parts, so I can't comment if the vibrations you felt off the HDD is normal or not. (for example, the older WD Raptors I used at work would vibrate enough that you can hear your computer from 4 metres away)
One thing I noticed however is that failing hard disks seem to get much hotter than ones in working order (but you can only check this if you have 2 identical disks mounted in similar ways).
Heat can also kill HDDs, which is why they actually log the highest and lowest temperature they've experienced while running.

If these problems you experience are indeed caused by the HDD, there's no question that one of the SMART or manufacturer's testing programs will fail. Be sure to check the cables before running tests.
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