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Registered: ‎04-12-2012

Scorpio Black beeping

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Hi all, I have a 160GB WD1600BJKT-75F4T0 in a Dell Studio XPS 1640 which is bleeping incessantly, specifically in the morning. I'm pretty sure it's the hard drive, as it's a different tone to the Windows and BIOS beeps and seems to be coming from the bottom left corner, where the hard drive is located.


There is no particular pattern to the beeping -- sometimes it will beep once every couple of minutes, sometimes it will beep once a second, sometimes it will go days or weeks without beeping.


All the SMART diagnostics seem to be coming back clean, but the odd thing is the beeping stops while the test is running.


Both myself and my nearby colleagues would appreciate any advice!



01 Read Error Rate 200 (200 worst) Data 0000000000
03 Spin-Up Time 153 (151) Data 0000000535
04 Start/Stop Count 100 (100) Data 000000022A
05 Reallocated Sectors Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
07 Seek Error Rate 100 (253) Data 0000000000
09 Power-On Hours (POH) 096 (096) Data 0000000B88
0A Spin Retry Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
0B Recalibration Retries 100 (100) Data 0000000000
0C Device Power Cycle Count 100 (100) Data 0000000225
BF G-sense error rate 001 (001) Data 000000008E
C0 Power-off Retract Count 200 (200) Data 0000000014
C1 Load/Unload Cycle Count 197 (197) Data 0000002EB5
C2 Temperature 104 (088) Data 0000000027
C4 Reallocation Event Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C5 Current Pending Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 100 (253) Data 0000000000
C7 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C8 Write Error Rate / Multi-Zone Error Rate 100 (253) Data 0000000000
F0 Head Flying Hours 096 (096) Data 0000000B8D
F1 Total LBAs Written 200 (200) Data 00A8DA8A08
F2 Total LBAs Read 200 (200) Data 00055C6CEA
FE Free Fall Protection 001 (001) Data 00000000F8

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Re: Scorpio Black beeping

I was reading you post and decide to search the WD KB and found this article:

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Registered: ‎04-12-2012

Re: Scorpio Black beeping

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Thanks for that, but I'm really in no doubt that the noise is abnormal and have isolated it to the hard drive with a fair degree of confidence.


This is what it's doing:, which doesn't seem to match any of the descriptions on that help page.


What I'm really asking is whether anyone has encountered this before, if the drive is in danger of failing (other than the danger of being thrown against the wall, that is) and if there's anything I can do about it short of buying a new hard drive.

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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎04-18-2012

Re: Scorpio Black beeping

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Hi NickTaylor!

I, too, have heard these sounds coming from my computer. Similarly to you, I'm very confident that it comes from the hard drive (WD Scorpio Black WD1600BJKT-00F4T0 in my case). Sometimes a week can pass without a 'blip', but other times it does it several times a minute and it's especially common after (when disk is near-idle!) high disk I/O such as running diagnostics utility or performing safe erase, when disk temperature is high (around 45C).


I can not say whether this is detrimental to the drive or not,  but I do have some minor trouble with mine. Specifically talking - an unstable sector which manages to fail DLGDIAG for Windows tests, but DOS version passes without errors. SMART is fine, apart from the occasional 1 Current Pending Sector value.


I will  send you a private message with a link to my recording, just to verify that we indeed have identical issue.

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