07-17-2009 07:56 PM
My brand new T500 Hard Drive makes off and on very faint grinding noise. The grinding happens for 6 times and then goes away for 5-10 seconds and then happens again and so on.
Is this normal or is my new hard drive defective, and should I ask Lenovo for a replacement hard drive?
I ran the lenovo hard drive diagnostic tool and it did not find any issues.
07-17-2009 10:53 PM
07-18-2009 07:27 AM - edited 07-18-2009 07:32 AM
You are correct, I think the drive head is parking itself because when I click on Start-->All Programs it takes a few secs to load up, once it is loaded up then it acts fine. I have another thinkpad with similar config and it is much faster. Noise is way too faint to make a recording but when the tv is off I could hear it and it bugs the hell out of me.
If the drive head parks itself, is that a bad thing? Can it be fixed with software?
07-18-2009 07:35 AM
07-18-2009 09:17 AM
Changed the threshold to half sensitivity. I think this HDD itself is noisy, but strangely the noise is much reduced and less frequent today as compared to last night. It's way too annoying when it starts to make grinding noise constantly. I just hope it doesn't crash.
If I install a new HDD, will my XPP cds download the OS on a blank drive, because this comp came with Vista sticker, I downgraded to XPP.
07-18-2009 06:23 PM
08-08-2009 10:23 PM
Fortunately Dell has released firmware update DE17 for the following Seagate models that seems to work for my Lenovo:
Save the download to your desktop, then extract the files. Save image of ISO file thru Roxio cd maker to a CD. Shut down the pc, restart, F1, goto startup and select CD0 drive, hit F10