pcordray
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Hard Drive Noise when laptop moved- Gyro forces?

Just got a new laptop and when I move it, specifically, when I pick it up off the desk, I hear a slight grinding noise.  The HD is spinning and acting like a gyroscope at that point, but should I be hearing anything different when the the laptop is moved?  Obviously concerned about something dragging along the surface of my HD.  Have not yet done a HD test to determine bad sectors...

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RE: Hard Drive Noise when laptop moved- Gyro forces?

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RE: Hard Drive Noise when laptop moved- Gyro forces?

It's more likely caused by a fan - not the hard drive.

With the slight clearances inside new systems, it doesn't take much flex to cause the fan to hit the casing or heatsink.  

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pcordray
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RE: Hard Drive Noise when laptop moved- Gyro forces?

I removed the back cover and confirmed the noise is coming from the hard drive.  Is it possible the grinding sound is a feature inside the drive as the gyro forces act?

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RE: Hard Drive Noise when laptop moved- Gyro forces?

No, but it's possible the drive senses the movement and is moving the heads away from the data on the drive as a result - it's called wear leveling, and just about all drives do this.

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