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Failing Hard Drive Sounds
November 15, 2008 5:55 AM   Subscribe


 
It's like something out of a nightmare.
posted by subbes at 5:58 AM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Okay, let's take bets on how long it will be before this is remixed into a techno song.
posted by sonic meat machine at 6:02 AM on November 15, 2008


you can do it yourself just by clicking on every play button at once!
posted by mjg123 at 6:04 AM on November 15, 2008


Definitely a techno song! Like Music using only sounds from Windows XP and 98!
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:09 AM on November 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


...remixed into a techno song

Techno song? Oh, you must mean that rave music the kids are listening to these days!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:09 AM on November 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


Look ma, no Macs!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:11 AM on November 15, 2008


Oooh... a very pavlovian knot in the gut there. That heart sinking 'cause you know that 10 minute reboot job just turned into a couple of hours rebuild job. I think I'll just umm... just check last nights backup... yeah.
posted by adamt at 6:21 AM on November 15, 2008


flapjax at midnite, you can't tell whether the drives are from Macs simply by the brand name.
posted by sonic meat machine at 6:26 AM on November 15, 2008


*weep*
posted by SansPoint at 6:40 AM on November 15, 2008


You're absolutely right, sonic meat machine. For all I know, they were all from Macs!

*goes back to singing along with techno song*
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:45 AM on November 15, 2008


Techno... Techno!?
posted by The Power Nap at 6:58 AM on November 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


> Music using only sounds from Windows XP and 98!

Music using only sounds from OS X alert noises.
posted by ardgedee at 6:59 AM on November 15, 2008


Many years from now scholars will study the ancient posts labeled with the fail tag. They will discover that these posts included "Iceland's last non state-owned bank is nationalised" and "Palin on Foreign Policy" and "20 Ways to Die Trying to Dunk a Basketball". They will wonder why the ancients were so obsessed with failure.
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:59 AM on November 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


1) Mrs. ZenMasterThis says they sound like the death cries of animals.

2) ZenMasterThis, Jr. says they remind him of Beepy Little Girl.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:11 AM on November 15, 2008


Experiencing flashbacks to countless western digital drive... platters...failing...

Thanks a lot.
posted by empyrean at 7:14 AM on November 15, 2008


What is it boy?

[click, click, thunk]

My mp3s have fallen down the well?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:18 AM on November 15, 2008 [15 favorites]


Setting one of these to play in a loop on your buddy's laptop would make an excellent prank.
posted by sdodd at 7:23 AM on November 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


*heads out to get 2nd and 3rd backup drive*
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:24 AM on November 15, 2008


Setting one of these to play in a loop on your buddy's laptop would make an excellent prank.

I was thinking to set it up as a custom system sound, like every time a new window is opened or something.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:00 AM on November 15, 2008


Music using only sounds from OS X alert noises

I don't recognize any of those sounds for some reason, even though I use Macs every day. And is that the Wilhelm scream at the end?
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:16 AM on November 15, 2008


I've heard this song before...
posted by any major dude at 8:30 AM on November 15, 2008


...remixed into a techno song

Radiohead's "Nude." Arranged for Sinclair ZX Spectrum, dot matrix printer, flatbed scanner, oscilloscope, and ten ruined Winchester disk drives. (Music begins about 1:10.)
posted by Slithy_Tove at 8:32 AM on November 15, 2008 [7 favorites]


Techno? Nope. I'm going to make a crunk hyphy jam with these. Click click thunk beep... you know how I do.
posted by fuq at 8:32 AM on November 15, 2008


Definitely a techno song! Like Music using only sounds from Windows XP and 98!

Is it wrong that I think that sounds really quite good? Yes? I'll shut up then...
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 8:49 AM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I can't listen to any of those sounds. I'm terrified that my drives will hear and want to sing along *shudder*
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:51 AM on November 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Is it OK that I just masturbated to this?
posted by bardic at 9:06 AM on November 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


> I don't recognize any of those sounds for some reason, even though I use Macs every day.

System Preferences -> Sound -> Sound Effects -> Choose an alert sound

Everything the track used should be in that list, excepting the scream at the end.
posted by ardgedee at 9:09 AM on November 15, 2008


The answer to your question, bardic, is no.

Albeit, I must admit that I ***lurves*** me some glitchambietech.

Just sayin'.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 9:13 AM on November 15, 2008


Coming soon... the sounds of people hearing failing hard drive sounds.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:24 AM on November 15, 2008


Oh, this hurts!!
posted by zouhair at 9:41 AM on November 15, 2008




That is the most depressing collection of waveforms I have ever heard on the internet. All that unrecoverable data, oh the humanity!
posted by cgomez at 10:12 AM on November 15, 2008


Okay, let's take bets on how long it will be before this is remixed into a techno song

Jin Sangtae's been doing far more rewarding and thought-provoking things than making techno songs [sic] for some time now.

David Webber also does cool stuff.
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady at 10:17 AM on November 15, 2008


"Trying to explain its origin will no doubt lead us to physics which uniquely operates in the environment of Saturn."
posted by JohnR at 10:37 AM on November 15, 2008


Damn. Listening to that is like watching a kick in the nuts, but I don't know where to put my hands.
posted by bigschmoove at 11:07 AM on November 15, 2008


Only seven words for the first comment to nail my reflex response.

These sounds scare me.
posted by rokusan at 11:40 AM on November 15, 2008


Previously: Songs to make backups to
posted by furtive at 12:02 PM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I am just amazed that I have never had a hard drive break. The oldest PC I own right now is about 9 years old, and I have run it every almost day and hardly ever shutting down since I got it.

I am impressed. It is old and slow, but it is still kickin!
posted by riccar at 12:24 PM on November 15, 2008


Is this page coded correctly? Why am I not seeing the sound links? My Firefox > Add-ons does show Shockwave Flash 10, and I have Javascript and Java checked. So why isn't the Flash object coming up?
posted by crapmatic at 12:32 PM on November 15, 2008


Crapmatic, maybe Adblock is blocking the play buttons to keep you from being sad.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:56 PM on November 15, 2008


Gizmodo ran a "Hard Drive Dying Dance Track" contest almost 3 years ago.
posted by reventlov at 2:08 PM on November 15, 2008


@riccar - most drives these days have a MTTF (mean time to failure) rating of about 10 years, so if you don't have your 9-year-old drives backed up, you might want to go ahead and think about doing that ...

Also - be aware that doing a full-disk backup can be the final straw for an already-marginal drive, so that full-disk backup may be the last thing your old drives do!

NB - I haven't had a full-size (desktop-size) drive fail on me in over a decade now, but I've had several Hitachi Travelstars just up and die on me in less than a year of use. The Western Digital in my laptop has (fingers crossed) been healthy though ...
posted by kcds at 3:08 PM on November 15, 2008


This is awesome.

(And yes, I make glitch- and glitch-influenced music.)
posted by Foosnark at 3:18 PM on November 15, 2008


Is there any way to download these? Not that I want to make that any of that danged techno music with them or anything...
posted by nosila at 4:06 PM on November 15, 2008


Needs more violin...
posted by cenoxo at 7:04 PM on November 15, 2008


I've had two drives fail on the Toshiba laptop I'm using right now (The replacement drive went out a couple of days after I got the machine back...) without any kind of sound beforehand. As the thing goes out I learned that Windows struggles to put together an emergency account of some sort for you to try to save as much as you can. Apart from being very frightening, it was kind of sad; the minimal icons and grey desktop before the screen goes black....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:25 PM on November 15, 2008


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