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External drive.... bad signs?

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External drive.... bad signs?

My external drive has started to beep on average once or twice per day and then there is a sound of the heads clanging. The thing is only about 6 months old too.
Should I be worried?
I haven't even used 1/5 of its capacity either Sad (500GB drive less than 85GB used!)
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Re: External drive.... bad signs?

eek
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Re: External drive.... bad signs?

what make? I think some Seagates  have a problem and seagate are offering free replacements, worth a google
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Re: External drive.... bad signs?

The Seagate problem was a firmware problem where the drive suddenly wouldn't read. This sounds rather more serious.
You could raise a question with the drive manufacturer but the other possibility is the drive holder. Does the manufacturer give any information on what  the beeps mean
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Re: External drive.... bad signs?

Hard drives do fail and a small minority fail quite early.  Whilst some hard drives are noisier than others, unusual noises from a hard drive are almost always a sign of impending drive failure.  Hard drives don't have any form of speaker to make a deliberate beeping noise but if the drive heads accidentally come into contact with the rapidly spinning disk you can get a squealing noise that is a bit like a high-pitched beep (or maybe the caddy can emit a warning beep).  The most important thing is to ensure you have copies of your files in another location so if your hard drive fails you don't lose them. 
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Re: External drive.... bad signs?

The drive is made by Buffalo. Not sure what the exact model is as it doesn't say and the box is buried in the 'server' room lol. I'll try to dig it out later.
I've never known a drive to beep before so I'm assuming its the controller inside the box which the drive is attached to. Either way I'm concerned as I've got only one other drive to backup everything onto - and that one is supposed to be knackered too! I mean so knackered it couldn't play MP3s without being glitchy. Lately however without being the main OS drive ti seems to work rather well as a slave since its been formatted so it could of been an undetected virus (I was using AVG at the time lol).
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Re: External drive.... bad signs?

I'd say it'd be well worth digging it out along with the receipt if you still have it, that way you can either take it back to the shop you got it or if no joy there you may be able to arrange an RMA directly from the manufacturer's site. I was able to do this with a WD hard drive recently, and received a replacement in short order. I'd highly recommend them on the strength of this, in fact.
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