Squeak noise on WD Blue 6TB (WD60EZRZ) when turning off computer or HDD going idle

Hi WD,

I just bought a WD Blue 6TB HDD
So far everything operation wise (read and write), the HDD has been pretty silent which is satisfactory.

The only thing that stood out to me was whenever I unpower the HDD (shutdown, sleep or HDD going idle), there is a squeak noise (not very loud) which I have not heard from my other WD HDDs. Usually my older WD HDDs produce a click noise when it is getting unpowered.

Here’s a clip of the squeak noise (the computer case was closed in this recording): https://clyp.it/iuckqcsi

Diagnostics shows everything as satisfactory. I have seen a reddit thread with maybe the same issue (noise sound link doesnt work for me to compare): https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/bhy4ef/strange_spindown_noise_with_new_6tb_wd_blue/

Is this squeak noise a normal sound with this HDD? Please let me know if you need more information.

Hi,

You could refer to the following links:

https://support-en.wd.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/11196

https://support-en.wd.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6226

Hi,

Thanks for reply.

The drive isnt making clicking noise, its a very soft screech when powered down.

My drive comes out as all green tick based on the diagnostic software.

I have had confirmation from fellow 6TB HDD users and they all make the same noise which indicates that this is normal.