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I hear a loud buzzing sound or rattling sound coming from the drive
Explanation: The hard disk is making a buzzing or rattling noise and/or is vibrating a great deal when in operation.
Diagnosis: The most common cause of this problem is that the bearings in the drive are causing trouble. This is a relatively common problem. Noisy bearings don't affect the performance of the drive (other than aesthetically), but problems of this sort have a tendency to get worse over time. On a newer drive this is often the sign of a manufacturing defect.
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