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Seagate SanMax 120GB external with fan noise

The internal fan of this SanMax, purchased April 2007, is making noise. Do I need to replace the fan, run it with the fan off, or replace the drive?

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It depends on the noise. It should be still under warranty. You should NEVER operate it without a fan as this is a safety hazard. If it is making a noise like a buzzsaw, it is most likely the bearings of the HD mechanism. If it is making a scraping noise, it's likely the fan. Make use of the warranty if/while you still can!

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