Something is going on with my two external HD's.
Lately, it takes perhaps 2 to 4 min's for them to both go online. They are mounted in a little HD housing pod. One HD will set there and click, boot up, click, then restart its booting process again. The other one takes for ever to show a life sign, then comes online. The first one is not even a year old. The second one is 3 years old, but rarely used.
Recently, I took out a newish 2 year old HD out that I had in the module that I was using for the Apple backup drive. It too had started developing some issues on booting up, taking ages. When I was pulling it out (for good), I was listening for this weird noise, which the module was also making. Turns out, the small fan in the box was the culprit, making a whine now and then that would freak me out. The kind of noise a bearing makes when its going, like a loud squeal. Well, I havent been able to find a replacement fan for it as it has a very odd little plug, like what the main CPU has, very small little thing. So I have the modual cover off.
The HD's run fine all day when they are warmed up, but in the mornings, they take forever. It used to be that when I turned the module on, the drives came on almost instantly. Now they make these weird 'tack' noises, like the little reader arm in the drive is whacking the side of the HD case. Loud little tack noises. And it seems like both of them are doing it now. This is in the past 2 weeks.
On the one 'tacking', I have all my sims, FSX, FS9, etc.
Do you think they are both on their way out? Could this module box be the culprit?
:scratches chin.... :