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Hard drive noises

Participant ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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When my computer is rendering complicated previews, it often sounds like jet engines preparing for take-off. Besides being distracting, I'm worried that this is harming my drives.SSD drives on a Windows 10 machine. I just changed the cache folder from my main C drive to an internal SSD media drive to see if that helped as well as perhaps speeding up previews. It did neither. 

 

Is this normal?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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That's not really useful. You have not provided any info about your system and what specifically you may or may not have observed by monitoring task manager/ resource monitor. There could literally be a gazillion reasons why your cooling fans rev up from the computer simply being too crammed and having poor internal airflow design to of course genuine issues with e.g. GPU acceleration sending your system into a death spiral. Anyway, you need to be much, much more specific.

 

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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I had thought that, perhaps, this was typical/standard behavior that could be easily verified. Sorry I offended you. I did describe SSD drives on a Windows machine. Other info:

 

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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It is normal on many of the machines that I work with for the hard drive to spin a lot while rendering and with other challeninging tasks.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Thanks. It's just that AE rendering is the only thing that does this on this machine even though I do other hi demand tasks. I guess AE is just higher demand.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Your fans are spinning to cool your graphics card and your processors. You have SSDs so your drives arent spinning up.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Guess I should have known that, thank you. I'll look for quiter fans on my next machine.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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For what it is worth, Apple Silicon based computers are whisper quiet even when under s heavy load.  Check the benchmarks for whether or not an M1 based system is in keeping with the performance of your current workstation based on how you work in After Effects and if it's a good match, enjoy the silence.  

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LEGEND ,
Jan 07, 2023 Jan 07, 2023

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The acid test would be to run a game or a game-based benchmark. If the problem appears there, then you know it's normal. If not, then indeed AE is the culprit and we once more can only advise to update the graphics driver, check hardware acceleration settings and all that. Excessive fan activity can indicate broken drivers where AE is simply hammering your GPU and it doesn't respond correctly, getting too hot and then the fans max out. Same for your NVMe/ SSD drives. If they can't keep with AE's cache, they, too, may simply rev up to compensate.

 

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Jan 07, 2023 Jan 07, 2023

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Thanks. I'll give it a try.

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