I have a large storage volume which is composed of 4 x 3.5" Seagate SATA hard drives which are spanned into a single drive via Windows disk manager.
Previously I was running Windows 7 but I recently performed a fresh install of Windows 10 on my separate OS drive.
Since I updated to Windows 10, at least one of the SATA drives has been making a semi-regular clicking noise, like the noise which can happen if the disk is seeking heavily or is just powering up.
I do not think that the noise is a sign of damage; rather I think something is causing the click since this only started happening immediately after the OS upgrade.
More details about the click noise:
- It is always a single click; not a series of clicks or crunches
- It occurs roughly every 20-30 seconds
- It seems to occur only after a period of the disk being idle, although I haven't had time to confirm this. Anecdotally, if I'm using the storage volume then I don't hear the regular click. If I leave it alone and don't use the volume for a while (say 15 minutes?) then I start hearing the click.
Remedies I have tried:
- Windows Power Settings are already set to "Performance" and the
Turn off hard disk after X minutesis set to
- Used ProcessMonitor to see if any programs are accessing the disk. They are not; at least not as reported by ProcessMonitor, or at least not by its disk label (