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Intermittent buzzing noise

My drive has buzzed loudly since I took it out of the box. Recently it's gotten much louder. I suspect it's the cooling fan, has anyone else experience this? It's under warranty, but I'll have to ship it cross-country, they won't return my data, and I don't have an extra 500gb laying around.

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Hmm..well..buzzing external drives are an accident waiting to happen. I'd get that puppy on the first jet across country..

you may want to back up your ext drive through this link

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