Hard drive makes odd sounds but ONLY in Linux


I am using a dual boot destop PC with Manjaro and Windows 10. I have this very weird issue that something in my PC, presumably a hard drive, is making odd sounds. The strange thing is: These sounds appear only when using Linux, never when using Windows. I am still using Windows a lot more than Linux and I can tell you with 100% certainty: This never happened in Windows and it regularly happens in Manjaro Linux.

This isn’t an issue I would normally associate with the operating system, but apperently it is related in some way. That’s why I’m posting it in this forum.

Description: My PC makes a beeping sound every 10~45 minutes I am using Manjaro Linux. In the vast majority of cases, the sound appears without a real connection to what I’m doing. It rarely appears at the exact moment I am mounting a hard drive or opening a directory/file. It sometimes appears in GRUB, too. I have recorded three samples of the sound which you can listen to at the link below (the file is edited, the sounds didn’t occur this close to each other). This sounds like a hard drive, right? I can’t think of anything else, honestly. I have never heard my mainboard beep and the sounds that are occuring are sometimes inconsistant which I wouldn’t suspect from a mainboard beep. Hearing the sound hurts me physically lol

Sound sample (you can play it online): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pdjyz3i9Nqt1zwpphc-WmzG0HIvnRwr6/view?usp=sharing

This brings me to my question: Does anybody have any idea why this could be happening? How something I would normally diagnose as a failing hard drive appears exclusively at one operating system? Is it possible that Linux somehow is able to address the hard drive in a wrong way?

Finally, my hardware. Manjaro is installed on an SSD. I have two hard disc drives in my PC, one HDD from Seagate (sdc, ST1000DM003-1SB10C) and one laptop SSHD from Seagate as well (sdd, ST1000LM014-1EJ164).

And here is the output of inxi:

  Kernel: 5.4.100-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.1 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.4-x86_64 
  root=UUID=92296697-3276-4abb-bb96-327497998ab0 rw quiet apparmor=1 
  security=apparmor resume=UUID=fa45b4c0-0d0e-435e-9db7-592afc3389f5 
  Desktop: GNOME 3.38.3 tk: GTK 3.24.26 wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM 
  Distro: Manjaro Linux 
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: Z170 PRO GAMING v: Rev X.0x 
  serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1206 date: 03/07/2016 
  RAM: total: 15.57 GiB used: 2.61 GiB (16.7%) 
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
  Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-6700K bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Skylake-S family: 6 model-id: 5E (94) stepping: 3 microcode: E2 
  L2 cache: 8 MiB bogomips: 64026 
  Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/4200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 
  4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon art 
  avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid 
  cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts ept ept_ad erms est f16c 
  flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr hle ht hwp hwp_act_window 
  hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs ida intel_pt invpcid invpcid_single lahf_lm lm 
  mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe mpx msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat 
  pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts 
  rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good rtm sdbg sep smap smep ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 
  sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust 
  tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt 
  xsaves xtopology xtpr 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages 
  Type: l1tf 
  mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, 
  IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
  Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
  Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia 
  v: 460.39 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1184 
  class ID: 0300 
  Display: x11 server: X.org 1.20.10 compositor: gnome-shell driver: 
  loaded: nvidia resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo> 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 770/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 460.39 
  direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel 100 Series/C230 Series Family HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:a170 
  class ID: 0403 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio vendor: Gigabyte driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0e0a class ID: 0403 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.100-1-MANJARO 
  Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V vendor: ASUSTeK driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k 
  port: f000 bus ID: 00:1f.6 chip ID: 8086:15b8 class ID: 0200 
  IF: enp0s31f6 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global 
  broadcast: <filter> 
  IP v6: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global 
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link 
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR93xx Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k 
  v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 168c:0030 class ID: 0280 
  IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-3: Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter type: USB driver: xpad 
  bus ID: 1-6:2 chip ID: 045e:0719 class ID: ff00 serial: <filter> 
  WAN IP: <filter> 
  Message: No Bluetooth data was found. 
  Message: No RAID data was found. 
  Local Storage: total: 2.96 TiB used: 34.73 GiB (1.1%) 
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB 
  size: 931.51 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 4B6Q scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 250GB 
  size: 232.89 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 2B6Q scheme: GPT 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Seagate model: ST1000DM003-1SB10C 
  size: 931.51 GiB block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: CC43 scheme: MBR 
  ID-4: /dev/sdd maj-min: 8:48 vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LM014-1EJ164 
  size: 931.51 GiB block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: 5400 rpm serial: <filter> rev: SM28 scheme: GPT 
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: HL-DT-ST model: DVDRAM GH24NSD1 rev: LE00 
  dev-links: cdrom 
  Features: speed: 12 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes 
  rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running 
  ID-1: / raw size: 100 GiB size: 97.93 GiB (97.93%) used: 34.73 GiB (35.5%) 
  fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3 label: N/A 
  uuid: 92296697-3276-4abb-bb96-327497998ab0 
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw size: 513 MiB size: 512 MiB (99.80%) 
  used: 340 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 label: N/A 
  uuid: 752C-9200 
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache pressure: 100 (default) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8 GiB used: 256 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 
  dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 label: N/A 
  uuid: fa45b4c0-0d0e-435e-9db7-592afc3389f5 
  ID-1: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4 size: 823.01 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: 2A30557930554CC7 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 500 MiB fs: vfat label: N/A 
  uuid: BAA7-3442 
  ID-3: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18 size: 231.79 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: FE36E52A36E4E51D 
  ID-4: /dev/sdb3 maj-min: 8:19 size: 615 MiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: 3AF82D4DF82D08A9 
  ID-5: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33 size: 931.51 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: 88DEEE50DEEE365A 
  ID-6: /dev/sdd1 maj-min: 8:49 size: 16 MiB fs: <superuser required> 
  label: N/A uuid: N/A 
  ID-7: /dev/sdd2 maj-min: 8:50 size: 931.5 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: 0AA4D38FA4D37C1F 
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 16 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 1d6b:0002 class ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 1-6:2 info: Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter 
  type: <vendor specific> driver: xpad interfaces: 8 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s 
  chip ID: 045e:0719 class ID: ff00 serial: <filter> 
  Device-2: 1-13:3 info: ROCCAT Ryos MK Keyboard type: Keyboard,HID 
  driver: ryos,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s chip ID: 1e7d:3138 
  class ID: 0300 
  Device-3: 1-14:4 info: SteelSeries ApS SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse 
  type: HID,Mouse driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 3 rev: 1.1 
  speed: 12 Mb/s chip ID: 1038:1710 class ID: 0300 
  Hub-2: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 10 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s 
  chip ID: 1d6b:0003 class ID: 0900 
  Hub-3: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 1d6b:0002 class ID: 0900 
  Hub-4: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 3.1 speed: 10 Gb/s 
  chip ID: 1d6b:0003 class ID: 0900 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 39 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 17% 
  Processes: 244 Uptime: 1h 11m wakeups: 0 Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: 
  gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1397 lib: 454 flatpak: 0 Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 
  running in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.01 

Thank you for your help!

PS: I do regular backups, so data loss shouldn’t be a concern

Hi @Gr4ffe, and welcome!

While I don’t know what it could be, I am able to tell you that you can post a link. It won’t show up as a hyperlink per sé, but it is preferred to plain text.

To provide a link, wrap the text in backticks. For example:


Will render as: https://startpage.com

This will then render it much easier to read and work with, than plain text. (Which won’t work anyway, but you can try and see the difference.)

Thanks for the info on posting links @Mirdarthos!

You’re welcome!