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  • I just, today, received and hooked up my Dell XPS 400. The hard drive is very loud (to me at least.) It almost sounds like a tinny echo noise while the hard drive seems fairly idol but the little green light is flashing. My other computers were very quiet. I have Dells at work too and have never heard this before, is this normal for this computer?
  • go to have hard drive indexing on? it will run when your system is idle its not that useful unless searching lots of files you can turn it off by right click on the drive under my computer

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  • Hi,

    Noisy hard drives are almost always a clear indication that the drive is near failure.

    Backup as a matter of extreme urgency. Then replace the drive.

    An XPS 400 will be well within the normal hard drive failure time windo.
  • Where do I go from there? I can't find anything that would turn it off. The poster below you stated that the drive was ready to one day old?

    Thanks for your help



  • Some drives are simply noisier than others. What make and model drive is it?
  • 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
    Intel Pentium 4 processor
  • Make and model of drive (not CPU, system)?

    Open the case and look at the label on the drive.
  • or go into device manager and give us the serial for the drive eg seagate drives will be ST#######
  • ST38001AS
  • It really doesn't sound as if it is a dying hard drive, almost sounds like an internal speaker just kind of making sound for the hard may be normal, but not used to it.

    Thanks again

  • you can always run pc wizard 2005, everest home edition both free both around 1mb download and they will let you see the SMART dianostics for your hard drive.. alternatively you can run the dell dianostic or windows dianostic disk scans
  • I have a month old 9100 and my 250 gig is very quiet. The whole system is very quiet indeed.