Solved suspicious new sound when powering down the PC

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Tenes

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Hi,

For the past couple of days I've noticed a new strange behaviour when shutting down my PC. For context, I've recently bought a second HDD and installed it inside of the case, I have also performed a system format, the issue didn't appear until after Windows reinstallation, though I cannot be sure whether the source of the problem lies in faulty system configuration or damaged hardware.
Now about the issue itself:
When the PC shuts down, it seems that the PSU turns off first, as I can still hear the fan running inside. Shortly after the PSU turns off, I can hear a strange beeping or buzzing sound, after which the rest of the PC shuts down normally. I haven't encountered any problems while using the PC because of this, and my leading theory is that for one reason or another, the PC merely powers down out of order, which causes one of the devices inside (be that an HDD, GPU or something else) to play the beeping sound, as some devices are known to do that when they detect a lack of power, which would mean the issue is harmless. Nonetheless I'd want to make sure whether I'm most likely right or wrong about this.

Links lead to a sound recording of the entire shutdown process and a cleaned up version of the beeping sound itself.
At around the 18 second mark you can hear the PSU shutting down, and immediately after you can hear the strange sound and the rest of the PC shutting down too.

 

phillpower2

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Hello Tenes,

That sounds like the heads on a HDD parking.

Download and run CrystalDisk info standard edition from here

Run the program, grab any screenshots and attach to your next reply for us.

To capture and post a screenshot;

Click on the ALT key + PRT SCR key..its on the top row..right hand side..now click on start...all programs...accessories...paint....left click in the white area ...press CTRL + V...click on file...click on save...save it to your desktop...name it something related to the screen your capturing... BE SURE TO SAVE IT AS A .JPG ...otherwise it may be to big to upload... after typing in any response you have... click Attach file to add the screenshot.



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Tenes

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Hello Tenes,

That sounds like the heads on a HDD parking.

Download and run CrystalDisk info standard edition from here

Run the program, grab any screenshots and attach to your next reply for us.

To capture and post a screenshot;

Click on the ALT key + PRT SCR key..its on the top row..right hand side..now click on start...all programs...accessories...paint....left click in the white area ...press CTRL + V...click on file...click on save...save it to your desktop...name it something related to the screen your capturing... BE SURE TO SAVE IT AS A .JPG ...otherwise it may be to big to upload... after typing in any response you have... click Attach file to add the screenshot.



Screenshot instructions are provided to assist those that may read this topic but are not yet aware of the “how to”.
here are the screenshots, HDD1 is the new drive and HDD2 is the old one
 

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Tenes

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Drives look healthy, check out the HDD sounds here
Alright, since the drives seem to be doing just fine and my sound not appearing on that website then at least I can count out the possibility of faulty HDDs!
I don't know how that explains the weird change in how the PC shuts down, but at least it doesn't mean I'll lose my data.
 

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You will hopefully have all important data backed up in any event and if you really want to go as far as you can to make sure that your HDDs are both ok you should run both the short and the extended Seatools tests on both drives.

Only run the tests if you definitely do have all of your data backed up.
 

Tenes

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Very well, the point of the thread was to find out whether the sound is something to be immediately alarmed by or not, but it seems to not be an established sign of an error
 
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