When I run Linux (Any distribution it seems, Fedora 15, 16, Ubuntu from 2009 to latest version...), the hard drive seem to sound significantly louder. It seems a LOT more active when it read/write files, and the clicks it makes are a lot louder. I can actually hear each and individual click. It goes back to normal when I go back to Windows 7.
In Windows, the sound is a light little click if the read/write is long enough, and if I listen for it.
In Linux, the sound is loud enough for me to hear every click, no matter how long the read/writes are (Well, if it's really short like a quick little flash of the hdd light, I won't hear it, but the read/writes are usually a lot longer than that). It also seems that there are a lot more hard drive activity too, such as loading Firefox a few seconds after I closed it, and loading pretty much any other program.
Why is my hard drive louder in Linux?
- Windows 7 Professional x64
- Fedora 16 x64
- 4GiB DDR2 800MHz RAM
- Intel P7450 2.13GHz
- Fujitsu MHZ2320BH G2 320GB, 8MB Cache, 5600RPM
Update: I installed a minimal installation of Arch with xfce, and so far, I haven't heard of the loud clicks from my hdd. Even when I installed the nvidia package, and the hdd light was on and flickering for a long time