Faint Whine coming from my WD30EZRS Caviar Green 3.0TB


#1

Hey all,

I’m having a bit of a noise problem… running a fanless system (Zalman TNN-500AF case) and have two 500GB Blues running in it for years with no issues. I just bought this WD30EZRS and there’s an odd 2200Hz pure tone whine that is very directional (tilt your head or stand in a different part of the room and it disappears). I have tried three of these drives and they all exhibit it (first two from new egg were sub model 00J99B0 and the one from WDC directly that I have now is sub model 11J99B0).

Is this a design issue? Number of platters? Bearing type that is different from my WD5000AAKS? Is there a solution that doesn’t involve me having to return it and give up a 15% restocking fee only to gamble on another brand or model drive?

Thanks

Dimitri


#2

Hello,

The type of noise and the volume of the noise can change depending on the current function that the drive is involved in . It is important to recognize which noises indicate trouble and which are simply drive sounds. Please see the WD link below:

htt[://wdc.custhelp.com/cqi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std adp.php?p faqid=568


#3

I guess I wasn’t clear about the nature of the whine… It is constant/without change regardless of what the disk is doing at the time(Idle, active, etc.)