WD My Book making odd noises (doesn’t sound like Click of Death)

external hard drive

I have a 2TB WD MyBook connected via Firewire. It is set-up as a 2TB drive (striped) rather than a 1TB drive (mirrored). It is less than 6 months old, contains less than 1TB of data, and is used mainly to store & play video media.

Reads and writes work as expected, however reads have started making an odd clunking noise. At first I thought it might be the Click of Death, but wikipedia's article has a recording of a WD drive failing and my drive doesn't sound like it.

Should I be worried, or is this common for striped drives? Is there anything I can do to help quiet the sound?

Best Answer

I had a batch of IBM IDE drives that clicked all the time - of course they were fine, but I was always worried.

The click of death may not be the sound you're hearing, but in my opinion, if you can hear a drive and it's less than a year old, it's broken.

If you haven't already, see about making a backup. It's within warranty, so they'll swap it out.

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