Clicking and Screaming: The Sounds of Hard Drive Death

By Jason Fitzpatrick on April 6th, 2011

If you’ve ever wondered head crash, a stuck spindle, or bad bearing sound like you don’t have to wonder any longer. This collection of hard drive audio recordings catalogs all the ways a HDD can bite the dust.

DataCent, a data recovery service, shares a catalog of recordings they’ve made during diagnostics of various HDDs. The recordings showcase different HDD problems from different manufacturers. You can listen to head crashes, unstable heads, seized spindles, and more. Whether to tune your ear so you can diagnose hard drives yourself or just to cringe at the sound of so many disks dying, you can check out the whole collection at the link below.

Hard Drive Sounds [DataCent via Gizmo Richards]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/6/11
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