Noisy profile hard drive

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Thu Dec 30 13:30:52 2004

On Thu, 2004-12-30 at 14:16 -0500, John Lawson wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Dec 2004, chris wrote:
> > I've got someone asking me about a Profile hard drive in a Lisa 2/10. He
> > says it makes a loud screaming noise when it is running. Maybe bad
> > bearings?
> 72 years ago, I was in charge of an early 3Com LAN, with drives in
> stacked 'shoeboxes'. I came in one Monday morning to find one of the
> drives making this thin 'shrieking' noise.
> I of course did a panic shutdown and got the Vendor rolling - turns out
> that it was the Absolute Filter on top of the drive case making the same
> kind of noise that one makes by blowing across a piece of taut paper. The
> tech just pressed down on the aluminum cover at the edge of the filter
> 'pod' and that fixed it.
> I was sure the heads had crashed, but somehow the system was still
> running - though I couldn't see how, since it sounded like the heads were
> milling the platters into expensive red dust.

Nice story - first time I've heard that.

Other end of the scale, I've had a drive in a Whitechapel make a noise
like this before and it lasted about ten minutes on the bench before the
heads went crunch.

I've also got a Rodime drive (32MB I think) for a BBC micro that screams
- only the scream comes and goes, plus changes in pitch. Sounds very
like bare metal on metal contact, but the drive ran for long enough to
copy data across to a replacement (and is still running, I just don't
have any call to use it)

Personally I'd back up that Profile drive if there's critical data on it
(if there's a way!) and be looking for a replacement drive... (can
Profiles use anything other than an ST506?)


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