How to Fix External Hard Drive Beeping

Are you dealing with the external hard drive beeping and not spinning issues with your PC? This issue can occur with the internal as well as external hard drive irrespective of its storage capacity and brands. This kind of sound is a very bad news because this often leads to data corruption. In case, if the internal hard-drive is making noise, you cannot even boot the work-station.

Consider a scenario where you have your favorite games or vacation videos etc. stored in your external hard-drive. When you tried to access its content by plugging it with a PC or Xbox, the external hard drive starts beeping and not connecting. This is a traumatic situation.

It is very common with the hard-drive to make silent clicking sound while being accessed but when it starts continuously making unusual sounds, this is something which you have to worry about. That could be a clicking, grinding, beeping or vibration sound and this indicates that something is wrong.

Why hard-drive does make unusual sounds?

Any hard-drive (external or internal) doesn’t beep in normal situation. If it is then it means that the hard-drive mechanical components are not working as usual. The mal-functioning of delicate internal hard-drive instrument leads to all sorts of unusual sounds.

It some case when there is failure of hard-drive electronics for supplying power to motor also leads to beeping sound issues. In hard-drive, there is a spindle motor hub that spins the hard-disk platters. When you give read-or-write command, there is a read/write heads just a nanometer away from the hard-disk platter surface. In case if the head crash on the platter, they get stuck in one place. So, basically the external hard-drive beeping sound is occurring from the spindle motor hub because it is not able to spin the hard-drive platter. If you continue with the beeping hard-drive, the spindle motor will burn itself and data stored in it will get damaged.

Steps to Fix External Hard Drive Beeping and Clicking Issues

Some basic and easy steps has been mentioned below which will help you troubleshoot the noise issue with the hard-drive. Read the instruction carefully and follow accordingly

Remove the Dust

The external hard-drive is making a beeping noise then probably because of the dusty port.

  • Remove the external hard-drive from PC
  • Remove the plug from drive
  • Blow in all the ports including cable, hard-drive and PC
  • Reconnect the PC and hard-drive once again with the same plug and see if the sound stops

Change the Cable

Sometime it happens that the bleeping sound only comes when the cable is plugged in and it suddenly stops when the plug-in is removed. This happens because the plug-in is damaged. So, see if the problems disappear when you use different cable.

Plug the Disk with another Port

A faulty port could be a problem. You can try connecting with another USB port to check whether the noise is gone or not.

Use USB Y-cable or USB Hub

An external hard-drive may not function properly when there is shortage of power supply. The easy solution to fix this is to use USB Y-cable. This cable has two connectors. Connect these two connectors with the PC tightly.

Use the External Hard-Drive with another Computer

You are advised to connect the hard-drive with other PC and see if the bleeping sound persists. In case if the sound still comes then it indicates that the hard-drive is failed and it is going to freeze in the coming time.

How to check the hard-drive (Whether it is Functioning Fine or Not)

You need to use the “Windows CHKDSK” command line tool.

  • Connect the Drive/Disk with PC
  • Type CMD in the search box. Right click on the tool to run command prompt as administrator
  • Type “chkdsk g:/r command and press enter

Note: Here “G” refers to the drive letter of the external hard-drive connected with the PC. In case if there is more than one partition, you should replace the drive letter and repeat the step


From the article, it is clear that an internal damage in the hard-disk cannot be directly fixed. It is generally caused due to breakage of internal components that cannot be repaired. So, in such case the bleeping or clicking sound will persists continuously and eventually the hard-drive will crash. So, you are asked to back up your data immediately and replace the hard-disk with a new one.

On the other hand, if the problem is related to external hard-drive beeping, clicking or connectivity issues, it can be solved and the solution has been broadly discussed above.

Ashif Zama Author

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