Windows 10: Hard drive beeps at shutdown Solved

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       25 Jan 2017 #1

    Hard drive beeps at shutdown

    I have a Seagate 3TB hard drive that puts out a single short beep just before my system shuts down. I believe It's coming from the HDD itself because even when I disconnect my motherboard's internal speaker I get the beep, and it sounds like it's coming from the HDD itself. I didn't think HDDs could beep but I called Gigabyte and they told me if I pull out my speaker from the g-connector and I still get the beep, then it's not the motherboard making the beep.

    The drive is a data storage drive - I usually keep it in an external enclosure. I don't get a beep from my normal internal drives - only when I plug this particular drive in. I did get that same beep a few months ago from a couple other drives that were corrupted after problems I was having with my external enclosures. Maybe this drive also got hit with issues after being in those enclosures, but I don't know. The last time I ran Chkdsk on the drive it passed with no issues. Hard Drive Sentinel reports the drive is in perfect condition with no SMART errors. I ran Seagate Tools short drive self test, short generic and SMART tests and they all passed.

    Any idea what this beep means? This makes me nervous.

    Also, it doesn't beep when in my USB3 enclosure and I shut it down. When in my enclosure, I eject the drives/device with Windows safely remove icon, then flip the power switch on the enclosure. I only get the beep when it's in my PC connected via SATA.
    Last edited by rivre; 25 Jan 2017 at 16:12.
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  2. Posts : 332
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       25 Jan 2017 #2

    Okay - Seagate solved this one for me. It was the hard drive itself beeping at shutdown. He said the beep is indicating that the drive is not receiving enough power. Normally you wouldn't hear that beep at shutdown, but some of their drives for whatever reason do beep to indicate a lack of power when your system shuts down - in that instance when the PC shuts down, the drive detects the lack of power and gives out a short beep. He said it's nothing to worry about.
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