Hard drive making noise thru speakers

Chazb

New Member
I have always built my own rigs except for this one a gateway 7020 which has a phenom 9600 nvidia 8800gt 3 gigs of ram 500 gig ata hard drive 8 usb ports tv tuner realtek hd sound and is so quiet except for the hard drive making noise thru my speakers.The speakers are not next to the computer I have the latest drivers so I am at a loss what is causing this.I am using vista 32 bit and I must say this is the fastest loading and shutting down computer I have ever owned something like 45 seconds and this shocks me from some of the posts I have been reading so back to the noise thru my speakers.....any ideas Thanks in advance.Great site by the way as I have been a lurker for a month.I will add some more dribble as vista gave me a 5.9 score.
 

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KingOfChaos

The Master of Evil
Vista Pro
The problem is your hard drive is making vibrations which are causing noise on your speaker wires...thus your hard drive 'noise' makes it way to your actual speakers. The hard drive probably needs to be reseated or tightened down so its not vibrating the interior of your tower. It can also lead to other issues like bad sectors because of the vibrations.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Velocity Micro, HP Pavillion
    CPU
    Intel 2 Quad Core Q9400, AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+
    Memory
    8 GBs DDR3, 4 GB DDR2 PC5300 (667 MHZ)
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GTS 250 (over clocked), nVIDIA 6150SE n430
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w1907
    PSU
    440 Watts
    Case
    Velocity Micro
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Trackman Marble ++
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    2 mbps

Dzomlija

Resistance is Futile
Vista Guru
Gold Member
I have always built my own rigs except for this one a gateway 7020 which has a phenom 9600 nvidia 8800gt 3 gigs of ram 500 gig ata hard drive 8 usb ports tv tuner realtek hd sound and is so quiet except for the hard drive making noise thru my speakers.The speakers are not next to the computer I have the latest drivers so I am at a loss what is causing this.I am using vista 32 bit and I must say this is the fastest loading and shutting down computer I have ever owned something like 45 seconds and this shocks me from some of the posts I have been reading so back to the noise thru my speakers.....any ideas Thanks in advance.Great site by the way as I have been a lurker for a month.I will add some more dribble as vista gave me a 5.9 score.
There are a number of possibilities that can cause this particular problem:
  1. The power connectors to your hard drives are not properly connected. Try disconnecting the power connectors and re-seating them.
  2. The power lines from your PSU are crossing the signal cable from your hard drives. Try re-positioning the power and signal cables to run parallel with each other. Keeping the cables inside your computer neat and tidy does more than just help with airflow.
  3. You are using a low rated PSU, that is barely able to keep the entire machine running, and the power being drawn by the hard disks is interfering with the sound.
  4. If your speakers are equipped with their own volume controls, try setting the volume level in the Windows Volume Control to between 1/3 and 1/2, and then up the volume on the speakers physical volume control. Sometimes keeping the Windows Volume Control at max allows the interference to come through.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMD Phenom 9600 Quad
    Motherboard
    ASUS MB-M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi
    Memory
    2 x A-Data 2GB DDR2-800
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ATI Radeon HD 2400PRO
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAHARA 21"
    Screen Resolution
    1600x1200
    Hard Drives
    2 x 80GB Seagate (I)
    2 x 120GB Seagate (I/S)
    2 x 200GB Seagate (I/S)
    2 x 250GB Seagate (I/S)
    PSU
    800W
    Case
    Thermaltake Tai-Chi
    Cooling
    Tai-Chi Water Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Keyboard
    Genius
    Internet Speed
    384kbps
    Other Info
    Currently dual booting between Vista x64 Ultimate Windows 7 BETA x64
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