CD Drive or DVD Drive noise

January 9, 2008 at 10:47:45
Specs: xpsp2, p4 1024

When I turn on my computer I hear this wining noise, pretty sure its coming from my DVD/CDRW drive, but I also have a CDRW/DVDRW Drive right above it, both are working, this noise comes with no disk in either drive, can I either disable one drive at a time or unplug either drive to find out which one is making that noise, with out screwing up anything? The CDRW/DVDRW is still under warranty and want to make sure its not that one?

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January 9, 2008 at 11:02:52

If you have the boot order set to look for CD prior to HDrive the drives may spin up in order to see if there is a bootable disk inserted. If this bothers you then set the CD listing in the boot order to none and then if you need to boot to a CD it is easy to restore the setting. Some drives are fairly noisey. I have a pretty new Liteon DVD burner that is quite noisey. The noise level is normal for that drive. In reviews I did notice many people comment on it.

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January 9, 2008 at 11:27:49

Don't have it booting to cd in bios, and this noise just started, I guess I just want to make sure it the cd drive I also have the hard drive there and not totally sure which one is making that noise, its pretty loud. To find out for sure which one it is what do you suggest I can do?

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January 9, 2008 at 11:33:26

Use something to isolate the noise. A length of hose placed by the ear with the other end by each device in turn. Cardboard tubes from papertowel or christmas wrap also work. Take care with the fans. A mechanics or medical stethoscope also work. Watch where you place the probe with a mechanics stethoscope as it is conductive.

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January 9, 2008 at 11:47:28

A brief spin up is possible when the cd device receives power so temporarily disabling it in cmos/bios setup may not help. The sound could be from a floppy drive if 'floppy detection' is enabled in cmos/bios setup. Or a cpu or PSU fan. Mine are a little noisy when I first turn on the PC.

You may just want to pull the power connector to each item one at a time, bootup and see which is disconnected when the noise is gone.

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January 9, 2008 at 11:51:04

Pulling power connectors may render the computer unbootable. Depends on how it is cabled and jumpered. I have used the method I described many times. You will be surprised how noisey seemingly quiet components can be.

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January 9, 2008 at 12:01:36

Othehill is correct. Pull both the signal and power cables.

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January 9, 2008 at 12:06:09

I will try the noise thing first then disconnecting the drive by power and cable, will get back to ya.

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January 9, 2008 at 12:39:16

OK, with the sound test, its either my floppy drive or card reader, so really do not care which one it is of those two, I was just really concerned if it was my DVD/RW because like I said its still under warranty, so thanks to all of you I feel better now, so many times things have gone wrong only to know 2 weeks after warranty expires, ha ha. Thanks.

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January 9, 2008 at 12:54:17

Floppy drives are kind of noisey and also cheap. Try setting the floppy to NONE in the boot order as I described for the CD. The floppy should not run if it isn't in the boot order.

I don't think there are any moving parts in the card reader.

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January 9, 2008 at 12:58:12

I did go in and put none on the floppy and the noise is gone, so its the floppy drive for sure, I never use it so will just wait till it breaks. Thanks again.

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January 9, 2008 at 13:05:34

You are welcome.

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