Seagate External Hard Drive Is Making Beeping Sounds

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Your Seagate external hard drive is making beeping sounds and it does not feel like it is spinning at all? This may be very bad news! Often times portable drives suffer from shock after being dropped or accidentally shocked, many times while powered on and connected to a computer.

My Seagate Hard Drive is Beeping

I have a seagate portable 2tb hard drive, and yesterday I plugged it in, and it started beeping at me for about a minute. The drive don’t sound like its working. I have tried a different USB cable, and have tried other computers. Its is not being recognized in my macbook.

The beeping noise comes from the spindle motor trying to spin. Beeping is not a sound you want to hear coming from a external hard drive. When you hear a Seagate external hard drive beeping, that drive is telling you “Houston we have a problem!”

Although, a hard drive can start beeping due to a failure of its electronics more often beeping is coming from the motor not being able to spin due to friction between heads (being stuck) and platters.

In normal operation, a spindle motor spins the hard disk platters inside at several thousand revolutions per minute. To read and write data to these platters, tiny read/write heads hover just nanometers from the platter surfaces. In cases when heads crash onto the platters, they can get stuck on the platters. Like stated above beeping sound actually comes from the spindle motor as it tries in vain to spin the platters.


Image: Left Seagate 1TB External Hard drive with HSA stuck. Right-top Seagate 2TB drive with the same issue. Right-bottom media (platter) damage caused by head crash

Seagate Hard Drives Lifespan & Backup

If you’re not backing up you should start. Your computer’s drive will stop working eventually, and unless your data is backed up you may need to use Data Analyzers Data Recovery. Fortunately, backing up your data is easy, and getting started takes only a few minutes. Just backing up to one or the other isn’t enough which is why we recommend three copies made on two different kind of devices including one off-site. Replace your backup drives between the third and sixth year of use. Seagate hard drives are most likely to fail either within the first 18 months of use or after three years. If you spend most of your time working at one desk, you should get a desktop external drive.

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