Hard Drive Buzzing Noise Closing AOL

Dell / Dimension 4600i...
January 8, 2010 at 08:34:26
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.793 GHz / 1022 MB
My Dell Desktop is over 5 years old, but running quite well for that age. I have backed up an image of the entire system to an external hard drive, as well as personal files that can be directly accessed.

Since the computer was new, I've always had the typical static-type sounds during drive activity, which I've heard on other computers.

Recently, a buzzing noise developed when closing the AOL software. I don't get this noise closing any other program. The AOL software is very old. I don't know if a program is always returned to the same sectors of a disk. Is it possible repeated use has worn that section out? I know this sounds like a dumb question, but I can't find any information on this, nor can I think of anything else that would just cause the sound on just one program.

Can anyone suggest a possible cause?

Thanks


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January 8, 2010 at 08:40:35
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#2
January 8, 2010 at 08:54:11
Thanks for your reply. It was educational to listen to the possible sounds a crashing hard drive can produce. Happy to say, all of the sounds on your list are MUCH WORSE than the sound I'm getting. They are all louder and more extreme.

The buzzing sound I'm getting does not remotely sound like any of the sounds on the list. So the mystery remains.


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#3
January 8, 2010 at 09:07:14
... might be worth trying command prompt:

... start run (type) cmd

CHKDSK /F [press enter]


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#4
January 8, 2010 at 10:05:14
I just tried it. It had me restart the computer to run the command because resources were being used. I have an NTFS file system. The program verified: files, indexes, and security descriptors without any error message.

Then there was a long pause during which, ironically, I heard the same buzzing noise on and off, along with other noises.

Finally, about 10 lines of info appeared, but it instantly disappeared and launched Windows. So I was not able to read any of it, except see the word "Journal". That's very strange. I would think the window would remain open, so you could read the information.

Can I assume there was no error?

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#5
January 8, 2010 at 10:29:05
... CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal

... Usn Journal verification completed

... is "Indexing Service" checked on C: drive? right click> properties

... when was it last defragged?

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#6
January 8, 2010 at 11:16:21
Yes, Indexing Service is checked.

I defrag regularly. I recently defragged. In the last defrag, there were no fragmented (red bars) remaining. I think the buzzing noise was there before my last defrag.

There are two thicker green bars for unmovable files, but that's just developed with time.

Could I possibly be right about AOL being old and large, wearing down the sectors to which it is returned when closed? Or does it get returned to different sectors each time?


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#7
January 8, 2010 at 23:28:55
... you could try uninstalling "aol"

... see/hear what happens!


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#8
January 11, 2010 at 08:43:46
I think I will just monitor the problem. I would need to reinstall the version of AOL I'm using from the original disk, which would not have years of downloaded upgrades. The upgrades may not even be available because AOL wants people to move to the current version. The current version of AOL is riddled with bugs. It's not recommended until a lot of the problems are fixed.

Thanks very much for your suggestions and time.


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