November 24, 2008 at 8:48 pm #159526quarrymanMember
Anyone else getting this?
It seems to happen when the drive is idling never when the disk is in use.
Really annoying!November 24, 2008 at 8:51 pm #171187ploppoMember
You may well have a faulty drive there – any form of clicking/tapping generally indicates a fault.
Unless, everyone else is getting it – I can’t say as I don’t have my NC10 yet.
I would think the drive is faulty though.
I would try error testing it with a hard drive app such as:
http://www.hdtune.com/November 24, 2008 at 9:39 pm #171189Richard TMember
I had a old compaq armada m300 this was pulled onto the floor by a car,and after that a tapping noise began,it kept getting worse and worse till the hard drive failed.I’d take it backNovember 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm #171185Martin SHMember
There appears to be a few different makes of hard drive some are noiser than others. Mine tics occasionally as does my iPod which has a similar hard drive. I have had the iPod for a couple of years and use it daily so I would suggest its not a problem. Use it and enjoy it.November 24, 2008 at 11:10 pm #171188quarrymanMember
Yeah I’m not sure its a fault. Its more of an idle “tap” than a “click”. I’ve heard a clicking noise can be the sign of a hard drive about to die.December 27, 2008 at 3:34 am #171200yammer2002Member
Yes, me too, on my brand new Samsung NC10!
I noticed this the first night when i was browsing the internet in a quiet room.
When the NC10 is idle, and i’m not doing anything, or i’m on a website and not typing, i will get a “ticking” every 5-10seconds. This only happens when the HDD is idle, if it’s reading or writing, such as watching a movie file, or running any hard drive diagnostics, it will not “tick”. It’s getting very annoying and i don’t know whether i should exchange it! I really don’t want to exchange it since i don’t have the screen blotch, or any dead pixels. I don’t want to exchange and get one with either, and then having to exchange it again.
Otherwise i really like the computer.
I’ve googled the subject and read a lot of the forums. Some say it’s a bad HDD, but I’ve run HDTune and everything is okay! Some say it’s more annoying than defective.
Please help with any advice, thanks!December 27, 2008 at 8:33 am #171193PanManMember
Turn the sound off do you still get the tick, if you dont chances are its Internet Exploder causing the ticking as it self refreshes a page in the background even though you may not be actively doing anything?
That I do find very annoying if I’ve got music playing.December 27, 2008 at 11:41 am #171198ToneMember
I noticed this ticking when I first started my new NC10 up. I think its just a ‘feature’ of the drive. Is it a Fujitsu by any chance?
I would liken the ticking to a small clock movement.December 27, 2008 at 11:54 am #171190AlfiharParticipant
It is quite likely the hard drive rather than any application.
Mine makes the noise as well, it kind of sounds like a marble hitting a table. I’ve had a hard drive do this before and have read about it on various other forums. The consensus seems to be mixed though it doesn’t appear to be faulty as such.
You can stop it from happening by using something like hdparm to tell the hard drive not to park it’s heads (disable power management and set standby time high), there are two issues with doing this though. If the hard drive never parks it’s heads it may be more liable to shock damage and the drive will consume more power.
Oh and it’s a Fujitsu drive, I’ll probably swap it out at some point.December 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm #171186BeckyMember
I have the Fujitsu drive too, but haven’t experienced this clicking noise. It makes a few clicks when it whirs up from an inactive state, but otherwise it’s silent.
Don’t know if that means something is wrong with your drives, but thought I’d mention my lack of issues to help you consider the options.December 27, 2008 at 6:58 pm #171201yammer2002Member
PanMan, i don’t think it’s the speakers or Internet Explorer. The “ticking” is coming from the Hard Drive, and i’m only using Firefox and not IE.
I have a Fujitsu HDD also, so it seems a few of us are having this same problem.
It “ticks” every 5-10 seconds when idle or on a webpage, and after 4-5 “ticks”, there is a “crisping” sound also.
Everything else seems to work fine, just the “ticking” is driving me nuts, especially when i’m reading news at night when it’s quiet.
Anybody else have this problem and it went away?? Otherwise i’m going to exchange it with Amazon. I’m crossing my fingers i don’t get one with the screen blotch or dead pixels, though.
**ALSO, anybody else notice if you gently shake the computer (with lid closed), there is something “rattling” inside the HDD, like a loose piece of metal or something? Is this just me, or is this common?
thanks all for your replies!December 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm #171204benMember
I have a wd drive in mine and I also got this type of noise, but it seems to have gone away along with xp home.
In regards to shaking, you shouldn’t really be doing that – i’ve had quite a few 2.5 drives that have made a slight rattling sound when shaken, but i’v sold all of them to people and I haven’t had any complaints so you should be alright.
Fyi, my nc10 is silent when shooken.December 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm #171191mauwongMember
For your reference: I have Fujitso but I only hear the ticking when the NC10 boot up and saving files. The time that I’m not accessing the hard drive it is quiet. My Sammy has no rattling sound when shaken.December 28, 2008 at 6:59 am #171192SzabsMember
Don’t worry about hdd noises unless it’s long, scratching, and then tapping, and then you hear it again for the same length of time. If you do, then get your hdd swapped.December 28, 2008 at 3:45 pm #171199DrATMember
My guess is that the click is the disk heads parking as mentioned above. I have fixed it by increasing the idle time before turning off the hard drive in the power options control panel applet. If the idle time is too low, the heads keep parking and un-parking, making a click. I don’t hear it on my NC10 (Hitachi) but it annoyed me on a laptop I used.
Check the SMART information for the drive if you think it might fail. It’s not perfect but will often spot a problem before a disk fails. SpeedFan can read this information as ell as other programs.
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