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This happens when I am booting up into windows, shutdown or things in which I access the harddrive excessively. It doesn't happen all the time. I have checked it with "Crystal disk Info" and it displays no problem, and shows HDD to perfectly fine. Should I be worried about my HDD? I have Hitachi HDD in laptop.

  • Some times my harddrive temps reach upto 43C while watching movies or playing games.
  • What are the normal temps, which are safe for HDD to operate and increase the lifetime of HDD.


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But how do you distinguish between sounds coming from a hard disk with noise that’s made by the fans or something else? – Ankit Mishra Sep 1 '12 at 6:27
Are you sure you don't just mean head-seeking clicks? Some drives are noisy and others nearly silent, and perhaps the sound can vary a little if your laptop is held at a different angle or sat on a different surface, but a click sound every time the head seeks is normal, and that can happen a lot during startup and shutdown etc. – Steve314 Sep 1 '12 at 6:56
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You can perform following steps to Check the Health of your Hard Drive:

  • Step 1: Check your hard disk for errors
    Use Chkdsk to detect and remove HDD errors.(you can also access it from Properties window)

  • Step 2: Understand the sounds of your disk
    Here’s a useful page where you can listen to recorded sounds of various hard drives that have lead to a crash. If your disk is making a similar sound, get a replacement quickly.

  • Step 3: Thoroughly test your Hard Disk (Important)
    SeaTools is free diagnostic tool that can completely test your hard drive regardless of the OS installed on it. The tool is provided by Seagate but it works with non-Seagate disk drives as well.

See this question for Safe Temperature for Laptop Internals.

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thank God. None of the sound is like mine. I guess Steve314 is right. They are probably head seeks sounds. – Alfred James Sep 1 '12 at 7:30

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