How to diagnose sound of failing hard drive?

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I have a Western Digital HDD that makes a sound on attempted start up that is a little like one of those European police sirens, three note long. Does anyone know either what could cause this or suggest a guide that can help diagnose problems by sound?

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sspade
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I can help you on this one. That sounds like a stuck spindle. There is a great page that has audio clips of failing hard drives that I have found to be very helpful in diagnosing problems (and which I just used to suggest it might be a stuck spindle). http://www.datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php

jimlynch
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You might want to call WD and see if you can have it fixed. Back up your data immediately, in case the hard disk dies on you.

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