Noisey clicking hard disk

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  1. IanW

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    Hey peeps,

    My PS3 hard drive (disk) has recently started making a very strange clicking noise, I think that this is since applying 2.60 but maybe that is just coincidence?

    Anyone else having the same problem?

    I guess this is the hard drives way of saying bye bye? :rolleyes:

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  2. Br0ken

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    Harddrives do make some noise when they're seeking, just a physical noise. But since you say you've only just started to hear it then I would say its a possibility that it might be becoming faulty.

    Make sure you backup your game saves and other multimedia asap if you haven't already just in case.
     
  3. IanW

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    I work in IT, I know what hard drives sound like. This one definitely sounds wrong, the other thing of note is that it makes the noise even when the PS3 is in standby? :confused:

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    If you've heard breaking HDs then you know what happening now! Clicky-click... Get it backed up and replaced!

    Not sure about standby tho, theres no power to it!
     
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    i cant see how it's doing it in standby as the system is off there would be next to no power to the drive to do anything, the disc can't spin and the heads move if there is no power to it , you sure its the drive making the noise and not something close to it.
     
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    Yep I used to work in IT, definately sounds like the death throws of your harddrive. Good job they can so easily be replaced.
     
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    I have never worked in IT but if a hard drive starts making any clicking or knocking noises out of the blue the alarm bells would ring. If you work in IT, surely youve heard failing drives before? ;) In this case I'd ring Sony 08705 998877 - they should swap it out for you :)





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  8. IanW

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    Yes, I work in IT, but not with hardware, so I am no expert.

    I was very surprised that it does it when on standby, when you flick the mains switch at the rear the clicking slows down and stops - I guess as the drive spins down?

    Fortunately I took out a 3 year GAME warranty on the box, so I guess I will give them a call. It just seems strange that the noise just started, if the drive is on its way out, I would have expected the noise to have grown from nothing to something over the course of time?

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    Apparently with Game if you just take it in they do a straight swap for a brand new console. Much better than the warranties sold by DSGi!
     
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    Not necessarily, it is like any peice of machinery, it could slowly go or it could just destroy itself at any given moment.

    Clicking on a Hard Drive is a very worrying sign, it usually means the head/actuator is getting stuck or having problems. I would definately back it up and return it asap.
     

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