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Old March 10, 2009, 02:35 PM
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I bought my computer last week, had it built by a local store. They forgot to instal one of the Case fans so they gave me one and I installed it. When I restarted the computer, I could hear a faint Hard Drive crackling sound...

Is my hard drive already failing?!?!? I was extremely careful not to bump around anything...grounded myself, wore cloves, ect.

What could be causing this?

J
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Old March 10, 2009, 02:40 PM
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HDDs make noise, no worries. Heck, if you ever hear a WD Raptor, you'll understand what I mean. As for damaging it, it's nearly impossible based on what you explained.
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Old March 10, 2009, 02:44 PM
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But I read everywhere that a crackling sound is an indicator of hard drive failure...

What WOULD cause a new Hard Drive to fail?
Why didn't I hear this noise before?

Also, it crackles when I open programs.

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If you're not sure then, return it to the store...
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I guess what I'm really wondering is how to differentiate between failure noises and "normal" noise.

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grinding or clunking are usually bad.
clicking and whirring are usually ok.
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I'll bring it in tomorrow (need to get something else installed).

I'm hoping everything is ok. In the case that it's not, what would cause such failure after a week of use? I didn't even go near the Hard Drive as the fan I installed was in the back.

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I'll bring it in tomorrow (need to get something else installed).

I'm hoping everything is ok. In the case that it's not, what would cause such failure after a week of use? I didn't even go near the Hard Drive as the fan I installed was in the back.

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Hardware usually will fail within the first couple of weeks. If it doesn't then your good to go.

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