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Why is my hard drive making weird noises after the power got shut down?

The HDD used in my work place is making a weird sound after the power was shut down. Is it safe to open the 2.5 HDD? What else can I do?

  • It is hard to say ... Could you post record of that sound? Just kidding. It could be broken head, engine, whatever. It can be end of its life as well. In my opinion it is little risky..
    – Ency
    Dec 14, 2010 at 22:00
  • belongs to hddfault.com :-)... I think superuser is your best choice.
    – Shoban
    Dec 14, 2010 at 22:01

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Whatever you do don't touch any of the metal components within the drive if there is any power running to it.

Does it sounds like the inner disc may be in contact with the housing during rotation or does it sound more like an electric motor dying?