Sony laptop beeps while wiping HDD with Active Kill Disk

March 16, 2012 at 12:02:08
Specs: XP Pro SP3 x86, Pentium M / 1GB

I'm wiping a work laptop for disposal/donation, I use Active@ Kill Disk to clear the data.
Everything was going smoothly until suddenly the computer/drive made some small chirps/beeps, long and short, randomly. They're not Beep Codes that you'd hear at system startup, this is when the computer is running.

I've never heard a computer do this before I'm worried if this is a sign of hard drive failure?

The computer is pretty old, a Sony VAIO PCG-Z1WA. circa 2004. It's been thru alot, peoples' dropped it or treated it roughly over the years.

I'm pretty sure hard drives don't come with speakers, and outside of Beep Codes/OEM startup sounds between booting into windows there's no other sounds.

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March 16, 2012 at 13:03:54
To test hard drive, use the OEM's disk diags.

Some systems may have beeps to tell of temp or other issues.

Hard drives can make noise.

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Modems can make noise.

My wife.... well,...

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March 17, 2012 at 03:01:24
Hi Kwonpan,

Surely completely wiping a disc is going to make life difficult/impossible for any future owner?

Good luck - keep us posted.

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March 18, 2012 at 11:48:13
no, wiping the disk is a security thing we have at work, if a computer is to be disused, I clear he hard drive of any data- some of it may be sensitive- if there is a new owner all they have to do is install windows with the Sony OEM OS disk.

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