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- New hard drive has intermittaet beeps
- Bob Kruse
January 4, 2006, 4:25 pm
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The laptop is a Dell C800. The old drive is an IBM Travelstar 20 gig.
The new drive is a Toshiba MK6034GAX 60 gig.
I replaced the old drive because it would often become undetectable.
A reboot would usually result in detecting the drive and windows would
The new drive installed fine. Windows XP installed without a hitch.
But, there is an annoying beep sound that appears to come from the
hard drive and not the system speaker. I even disabled Beep in
windows and it still does it. Plus, sometimes it's not a full beep
sound but a half beep sound. It doesn't seem to correspond with hard
disk activity and it doesn't beep with a consistent pattern like error
code beeps would do. I connected it to my home network and it surfs
the net fine and other xp applications seem to work fine.
I searched the net for answers and most sites point to error code
beeps. Except that this computer POSTs fine. I only found one site
that said if you hear beeps from the hard disk, it should be replaced.
Now, it booted up fine repeatedly except one time when I got the
message that there was no bootable drive. Is this definitely a bad
hard disk or is it a possibility that it's a motherboard issue? Since
I don't have a spare motherboard to test with, my inclination is to
reformat the drive and take it back for exchange.
Any advice or ideas about the beep?
- William P.N. Smith
January 4, 2006, 5:34 pm
Re: New hard drive has intermittaet beeps
Could this be the sounds of a quick head seek to the end of the disk
to swap out a defective sector? Try running the manufacturer's
diagnostic (Does Toshiba have a HD diag?).
You might even hear/see it happen with the speed or error scans from
the fine http://hdtune.com/ app...
Having intermittent drive problems with two separate drives isn't very