7200S rattling + noise on loading

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#1

I just received my 7200S and I’m not quite sure if it might have suffered some physical damage on the way to me. Here are the symptoms:

1- When I flip around the drive there is a bit of rattling, or rather like something is rolling from one side to another (it lasts for a second or 2). Is that normal?
2- When I switch on my PC the drive produces what sounds like a scratch (3 times) even with no disc inside. It also does a single scratch sound when I load a disc. Again is that normal?

I popped off the bottom plate but didn’t spot anything unusual.

I’m still testing the drive, I burned a data disc in CDSpeed and that went ok, transfer rate went ok, and I’m scanning the disc in the 7200S looks sort of ok for the crap media I used but extremely slow 2X even though I selected 8X. Once its done I’ll do a scan on my BenQ 1655 to get a more accurate scan.

Should I consider an RMA or just keep it?


#2

All perfectly normal.
The noise you hear when you power up the PC is the drive engaging the PUH. The drive doesn’t know if there is a disc inserted or not until it does this. Also the scratching sound is just various parts of the drive (eg sled motor and spindle motor) running a self test.


#3

Thanks! That’s good to hear :iagree: I don’t enjoy RMAs :stuck_out_tongue:

First burn looks pretty decent for crap media that has been lying around for 3 years! So nothing points to problems on that end, although I’ll have to test a bit more.

Thanks again! :bow:






#4

I too found the startup clicks and hissing quite troubling. It’s certainly louder than other drives I’ve had. But I think disc spinning is actually quiter, so it’s a fair exchange in the end. :slight_smile:

What’s really surprising is your problem #1. I too thought the drive was damaged because it seemed there’s a loose part rolling freely inside. It also fit perfectly because my drive arrived with some of the plastic cracked and bumped.

[B]Dee[/B]: Any idea what that “loose part” inside might be? It really sounds like there’s something rolling on the inside of the metallic enclosure.


#5

[QUOTE=shae;2075655]I too found the startup clicks and hissing quite troubling. It’s certainly louder than other drives I’ve had. But I think disc spinning is actually quiter, so it’s a fair exchange in the end. :slight_smile:

What’s really surprising is your problem #1. I too thought the drive was damaged because it seemed there’s a loose part rolling freely inside. It also fit perfectly because my drive arrived with some of the plastic cracked and bumped.

[B]Dee[/B]: Any idea what that “loose part” inside might be? It really sounds like there’s something rolling on the inside of the metallic enclosure.[/QUOTE]
Hey i have just the same problems on my 7200S and i were wondering if i’m going to ask my money back. :slight_smile: But some tough guy from russian ixbt.com forum said the sneeze sound is most likely from the metallic balls in the spindle stabilizer. It should help great with unbalanced discs. I hear it 3 times on after closing the empty tray and 1 time if the disc is loaded.
So, it’s not a nice sound, but it’s ok. :slight_smile: I also like that it stops rotation and opens the tray very quickly comparing with the NEC 4550A that i have.