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Hard Drive keeps revving???

Tower went into service to replace fan under warranty. Now it keeps "revving" and I don't know if it's the hard drive or the new fan. Only revs when I use the computer. ?????

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  • paulrmaudsle May 04, 2010

    The noise sounds like someone revving a car engine by stepping on and off the gas. 2 or 3 second pulses...some quite loud, others softer but all very close together. Interestingly enough, this morning it's not doing it. I did a disk defrag (hadn't been done since it got back) on the advice of another online forum so maybe that was it (?) and the hard drive was skipping all over the place. The fan that was replaced was for cooling and believe me, I am not going through that crap again with HP. $400+ for the extended warranty for them to ship it off for 6 weeks (!) to a place that is only an 8 hour drive for me (that's my rant). Thanks for your help. I'll keep an ear on it to see how long it takes for it to do it again if at all.

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Some PCs have temp. controlled fans that change speed depending on usage load.
It can be distracting but is normal for most of the newer generation PCs.

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    Robert Stout May 04, 2010

    Unfortunately, the long turn-around times are common with RMA type repairs. It is often easier on the mind (and cheaper) to skip the extended warranty, and use someone local that you trust.
    Have you scheduled the system to defrag the system regularly?
    It is easy enough to set for a time when the PC is on and not being too heavily used.


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What do you mean by revs? The noise gets increasingly louder? I doubt you should be hearing the hard drive. It may be a fan that changes under load or temperature. Have you contacted the manufacturer or the repair facility to inquire about this issue? Otherwise if you know someone with the technical capability. I would take the case off and you should easily be able to distinguish then if it's the fan or the drive. Do you know what fan it was that needed to be replaced? Once I have more information I can assist you further.
Thank you,
Lee

Posted on May 04, 2010

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    Lee A. May 07, 2010

    Feel free to keep us updated. Also please reconsider your rating of my solution. Usually even when a hard drive is fragged it shouldn't get that loud.
    Take care and good luck,
    Lee


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