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Drive spinning up every few minutes for no aparrent reason

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Uninstalling things in the Control Panel isn't the same as physically disconnecting the power to them.

    Yes, fans are a good possibility, especially if the hysteresis is poorly implemented like I remember from the last AMD video card I used in 2009 or so. In fact, I sent it back for this reason. You should be able to find a fan speed monitoring program or open the case and watch them, though opening the case can change the character of noises. If the noise goes away with the case open, then it probably was the fans, and they're not ramping up now due to the computer cooling better.

    You have multiple potential sources for the noise. Ultimately, you can remove the power from just about every component to rule it out; exceptions would be things like PSU fans which you can't access.

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  2. #12


    OK now we are getting somewhere. I opened the case and found that all of the fans I can see are continuous. The video board fan the back case fan the power supply fan and the CPU fan are all running all the time. However when I hear the spinning sound the air flow above the CPU increases. Could there be another fan under the CPU fan? As near as I can tell the CPU fan speed stay's the same all the time. I'm planning to remove the CPU fan to see what's under there but I thought I'd get some input from you guys before I do. Thanks from your help. Jim
    P.S. it's happening more today than it has for a while, but today we are having warmer weather.
    Also, I unplugged the optical drives and it is definitly not them.
    I know I will have to remove the CPU fan because with my flashlight I can see lots of dust on the cooling fins. I bought this rig used about 2 months ago and have not yet given it a thurough cleaning.
    Last edited by okrobie; 03 May 2015 at 18:05.
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    Well, I pulled out the fan and cleaned the fins and it is as quiet as a kitten so far. I'll let you know how it goes. There is only one CPU fan, No inner fan. The best I can guess is that with all that backpressure from the dust on the fins, it's possible that the CPU fan was actually reversing. I don't know if that's possible, but it's my current theory. Thanks, Jim
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    Great news... the cleaning seems to have fixed it. There has been no "spinning" sounds for over 24 hours. In fact it is so quiet that I have to look at it to see if it's running. Crawfish and MilesAhead, thank you for your help, support and encouragement. Regards, Jim Robson

    P.S. in the process I found an app called Core Temp which shows the CPU temperatures. I wish I had discovered it before I cleaned it. It would have been interesting to compare before and after.
    Last edited by okrobie; 06 May 2015 at 13:20.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Glad you figured it out.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by okrobie View Post
    Great news... the cleaning seems to have fixed it. There has been no "spinning" sounds for over 24 hours. In fact it is so quiet that I have to look at it to see if it's running. Crawfish and MilesAhead, thank you for your help, support and encouragement. Regards, Jim Robson

    P.S. in the process I found an app called Core Temp which shows the CPU temperatures. I wish I had discovered it before I cleaned it. It would have been interesting to compare before and after.
    There is also SpeedFan that comes in handy. If not supported by SpeedFan your machine may work with HWInfo. A free program that shows temps, fan speeds(although it doesn't try to set the fan speed like SF does) and other system info.


    Glad it's working well.
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