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How to solve the hard disk clicking sound noise problem?

asked 2013-07-06 06:25:22 -0500

Bucic gravatar image

updated 2013-09-12 06:20:35 -0500

Please note that I'm asking for a universal, desktop-environment-agnostic solution.

Due to some sort of a bug some hard disks are spinning up and down every 10 seconds or so which produces a distinct 'click', some programs feezing for a moment and, on more serious part, may lead to pre-mature wearing of some hdd components.

While the workaround for Gnome Shell systems has been rather simple (disabling power saving for the affected disk in the Disks application) I'm looking for a workaround for other desktop environments.

Bug 979551 - Disk produces regular clicking sound

TLP FAQ - Disk Drives - Why is my hard disk drive parking the read-write heads so frequently (clicking noises)?

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answered 2013-11-30 05:19:30 -0500

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Since the devs/maintainers don't give a fly I highly recommend keeping an eye on the load cycle count parameter of your disk. I've recently discovered TLP shows number of spinups/spindowns.
Use sudo tlp-stat | grep Load_Cycle_Count to see just the counter.

193 Load_Cycle_Count          =    59399

sudo tlp-stat to see everything about your system power configuration and configuration of TLP.

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If the count increases at abnormal rate (a disk should not spin down more often than every few minutes) do whatever you can to stop the spindowns at all cost. Configuring TLP to disable APM for the affected disk is one way. An extreme way would be to keep e.g. a torrent seeding in the background. Better than wearing out your disk...


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answered 2013-09-15 12:37:59 -0500

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Which harddisk is affected? Is it a Seagate one?

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See the bug report.

Bucic gravatar imageBucic ( 2013-09-15 16:18:41 -0500 )edit

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