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(Hack A Day)   Miss the days when you could tell what your computer was doing by the sounds your hard drive made? This tiny dongle is for you   (hackaday.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Hard disk drive, hard drive, Floppy disk, Matthias Werner, happy sound, original thrash-o-matic drives, longish demo video, solid-state drives  
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669 clicks; posted to STEM » on 29 Sep 2022 at 8:41 AM (17 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-29 7:58:54 AM  
Can it make dying animal noises when I'm trying to fix my development lead's code? Because that would really set the mood.
 
2022-09-29 8:55:13 AM  
But can it make the click of death?

HDD Clicking Not Normally (click of death) (HD)
Youtube XwYSdD4fyRU

 
2022-09-29 9:23:57 AM  
I miss the sound of the Commodore 1541 hard drives being slammed against the stops due to copy protection.

Also the sounds of programs stored on cassette tape.

Or how about the clatter of paper tape being read

/yes, I'm old
 
2022-09-29 9:26:49 AM  

wooden_badger: I miss the sound of the Commodore 1541 hard drives being slammed against the stops due to copy protection.

Also the sounds of programs stored on cassette tape.

Or how about the clatter of paper tape being read

/yes, I'm old


I started in shipboard data processing when we had magnetic tape drives that used vacuum to load tapes.  We would mimic when a drive would lose vacuum and fail to load the tape (a fart).

Tbbbbtbtbtbtbtb.
 
2022-09-29 9:34:46 AM  
The high speed whine of my laptop fan spinning up randomly as the computer sits barely used is enough to keep me company.

/don't need another tiny dongle
 
2022-09-29 9:35:44 AM  
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2022-09-29 9:40:38 AM  

sorceror: But can it make the click of death?

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/XwYSdD4fyRU?start=40]


I don't buy that guy's explanation that it's bad sectors. It's passing the test for that right there on his screen. The controller losing track of where the head is makes more sense. It'll cause the arm the head is on to slam against the stops while the controller recalibrates the head's position. This guy has a good explanation.

Hard Drive Click of Death Explanation and Live Demonstration
Youtube vbq8vfs1wYY
 
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2022-09-29 9:41:36 AM  
Gross. Even my 486 Packard Bell has a nice, quiet SSD in it. I can only see this making sense on a C64, where hearing the drive head knocking around can often be a useful troubleshooting tool.
 
2022-09-29 10:19:13 AM  

Jesus McSordid: Can it make dying animal noises when I'm trying to fix my development lead's code? Because that would really set the mood.


Nothing quieted my HDD more than reformatting and installing linux.

Windows made it thrash constantly
 
2022-09-29 10:57:54 AM  

Linux_Yes: Jesus McSordid: Can it make dying animal noises when I'm trying to fix my development lead's code? Because that would really set the mood.

Nothing quieted my HDD more than reformatting and installing linux.

Windows made it thrash constantly


Interesting, because a swap partition seems to get used just as much a paging file in my experience.

Both seem to use it despite having 32GB of ram... Which I find asinine.
 
2022-09-29 11:11:16 AM  

Quantumbunny: Interesting, because a swap partition seems to get used just as much a paging file in my experience.

Both seem to use it despite having 32GB of ram... Which I find asinine.


Well, there's your problem. You don't have enough RAM:

$ free -h
             total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:            62Gi       6.7Gi       6.2Gi       473Mi        49Gi        54Gi
Swap:          975Mi          0B       975Mi


/ ackshually, paging out unused stuff makes room for more things like the disk cache// https://haydenjames.io/linux-performance-almost-always-add-swap-space/
 
2022-09-29 11:48:03 AM  
Does it work on solid state HDs?  I miss the blinking light.
 
2022-09-29 11:52:09 AM  

nytmare: The high speed whine of my laptop fan spinning up randomly as the computer sits barely used is enough to keep me company.


Try a fan control app and boost the idle speed of the fan by about 20%. You'll barely hear that difference. What lots of laptops do is idle the fan at minimum and then something running in the background pushes the CPU and/or GPU up in temperature. When it hits a high threshold the fans spin up to maximum or near it to cool things down. By increasing the idle speed it's often just enough to keep temps under control and avoid that loud annoying fan at max speed.
 
2022-09-29 12:10:44 PM  
It was the signal from apple that they are evil when they told the end user they don't need to know if the drive is busy or not.

mofo, if the system is seeming sluggish or unresponsive, BUT the drive i/o light is going nuts, this is behavior as expected, just wait till it's not so busy to respond to your requests.

making an end user be ignorant/taking knowledge from them, is not possible to be a signal of good intentions.
 
2022-09-29 12:16:06 PM  

Quantumbunny: Linux_Yes: Jesus McSordid: Can it make dying animal noises when I'm trying to fix my development lead's code? Because that would really set the mood.

Nothing quieted my HDD more than reformatting and installing linux.

Windows made it thrash constantly

Interesting, because a swap partition seems to get used just as much a paging file in my experience.

Both seem to use it despite having 32GB of ram... Which I find asinine.


In linux u can either turn off swap or set it so that the kernel will only use swap as last resort.  Default is 60 for desktop and mine is set to 5.  My swap is never used with 16GB of ram.
Its called swapiness in Linux
 
2022-09-29 12:19:33 PM  

Quantumbunny: Linux_Yes: Jesus McSordid: Can it make dying animal noises when I'm trying to fix my development lead's code? Because that would really set the mood.

Nothing quieted my HDD more than reformatting and installing linux.

Windows made it thrash constantly

Interesting, because a swap partition seems to get used just as much a paging file in my experience.

Both seem to use it despite having 32GB of ram... Which I find asinine.


https://howtoforge.com/tutorial/linux-swappiness
 
2022-09-30 7:28:18 AM  

Linux_Yes: Quantumbunny: Linux_Yes: Jesus McSordid: Can it make dying animal noises when I'm trying to fix my development lead's code? Because that would really set the mood.

Nothing quieted my HDD more than reformatting and installing linux.

Windows made it thrash constantly

Interesting, because a swap partition seems to get used just as much a paging file in my experience.

Both seem to use it despite having 32GB of ram... Which I find asinine.

https://howtoforge.com/tutorial/linux-swappiness


That was genuinely helpful. Thanks.
 
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