How to Silence Noisy Hard Drives

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When your hard drive starts making noise, it is often a sign that it is failing. Sometimes, a noisy hard drive simply means it is overheating or rubbing against the metal mounting inside the PC case. Other computer components, such as case and processor fans, can cause noises that may be mistaken for a noisy hard drive as well. Before you rush out to take your computer to a repair shop or purchase a new hard drive, try quieting your hard drive yourself to see if the noise subsides.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • PC case fans
  • Rubber washers
  • Canned air
  • Remove the side cover panel of your PC case and run the machine with the side cover off for 30 to 60 minutes to see if the noise subsides. If the noise dissipates, your hard drive is probably overheating, which causes noise. Purchase additional fans or a hard drive cooler to install inside your PC case to keep the hard drive cool once you replace the cover.

  • Loosen the screws that hold the hard drive in place in your PC case. Retighten them so that the hard drive is secure, but do not overtighten them. If the noise subsides, the screws may have been too loose or too tight, causing the hard drive to resonate against the case.

  • Place a small rubber washer between the screws and the mounting holes on the PC case to which your hard drive is attached. This can help eliminate noise caused by vibration on the metal casing from the screws.

  • Clean out the inside of your PC with canned air. Blow out any dust gathered on the PC parts and fans with the air. Dust-clogged fans can cause noise that you might mistake for the hard drive.

  • Take your PC to a repair shop to diagnose it or purchase and install a new hard drive if your hard drive continues to make noise. If the noise is a sign the drive is failing, you could lose all of your data if you do not repair or replace it before it fails completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use a magnetic screwdriver inside your PC as this can damage the parts.
  • Do not use any chemicals or premoistened wipes to clean the inside of your PC or the components.

References

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