Should an SSD make a sound?

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  1. farrellart's Avatar
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    Should an SSD make a sound?


    So, doing my disk checking for errors, I have noticed when I check an SSD it makes a low volume, high pitched noise (a bit like in the movies when computer text is being typed on-screen ).

    I use a 240GB PNY, 240GB Kingston, A really old OCZ Agility3 120GB, and Vertex2 240GB.

    I also have multiple back-ups of important work on separate drives both internal and external.

    Would this be the drive or some kind of interference sound? I find it weird as there are no moving parts in an SSD.

    Thank you.


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  2. Fabler2's Avatar
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    Are you sure it's coming from the SSD? As you say there's no moving parts. I would suspect a slight feedback from the speakers for some reason.
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  3. farrellart's Avatar
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    Fabler2 said:
    Are you sure it's coming from the SSD? As you say there's no moving parts. I would suspect a slight feedback from the speakers for some reason.
    That would be worth checking. When the scan is checking the SSD sectors the noise happens. I will have to tinker later to see if it is feedback from the speakers. Thank you.
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  4. Pejole2165's Avatar
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    All electrical devices produce sound when powered, the sound you are hearing is most probably from the PCIe chipset/ traces and being picked up by the onboard sound chip or soundcard. Testing the disk increases the electrical activity which increases the level of sound allowing it to be picked up as "interference" by the audio system.
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  5. Kevin Ismail's Avatar
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    On my view.
    Mostly sound is expected coming from mechanical devices. If others it might happen because of an oscilating process that leaks into part that capable of discharge sound like the buzzer in the mainboard.
    It's uneasy to make sure as there are many parts in one case.

    There is a practical way to locate the source of sound you might want to try. Try to find a small rubber hose around 1 meter. plug one end to your ear (make sure to do it safely). You need a quiet room. Start searching by moving slowly the other hose tip around the device. be careful with cooling fan. If the sound does really exist, believe me you will be able to locate it.

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  6. Posts : 2,062
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    It is a bit of myth about no moving parts in an SSD.On a sub atomic particle level there are moving parts within the semiconductor devices in the SSD.
    Possibilities:
    1) Inductors on the SSD pcb, coil whine.
    2) Power supply lines to the SSD maybe not be filtered enough, inductors maybe used here as filtering components, and propagating sound/switching transients in to the sound system or buzzer via power supply leads, pcb tracks etc.

    You can use the "tube method" carefully to locate the source.
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  7. SIW2's Avatar
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    You can use the "tube method" carefully to locate the source.
    I am sure he has a stethoscope handy
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  8. Compumind's Avatar
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    Interesting.

    I have *never* heard any acoustics from a true SSD.

    You would have to temporarily unplug/stop any fans (a pen tip will do), attached HDD (if any), speakers, etc., first in order to properly troubleshoot.
    Even turn off your monitor for a few seconds.

    One at a time and for five seconds each.

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  9. Posts : 2,062
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    "True SSD" reminds me of this.

    Spandau Ballet - True (HD Remastered) - YouTube
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  10. bobkn's Avatar
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    Helmut said:
    (snip)

    1) Inductors on the SSD pcb, coil whine.

    (snip)
    Coil whine on an SSD?

    If there are any inductors on an M.2 SSD, they must be extremely small.

    Maybe it's those quarks banging together.

    I've never dissected a 2.5" SATA SSD.
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