Question My SSD's are making weird noises

That tech note is confusing. The title suggests that the noise is coming from the SSD, but the body of the article states that the noise is in the power circuitry for the CPU on the mainboard (not the SSD's flash controller).

Normally I would associate buzzing sounds with inductors. Loose windings can rattle audibly under certain load conditions.

The inductors can be seen in the top left corner of this PCB, just below the screw hole:

https://www.tweaktown.com/image.php?image=images.tweaktown.com/content/8/3/8334_09_wd-blue-3d-sandisk-ultra-1tb-sata-iii-ssd-review_full.jpg
 
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That tech note is confusing. The title suggests that the noise is coming from the SSD, but the body of the article states that the noise is in the power circuitry for the CPU on the mainboard (not the SSD's flash controller).

Normally I would associate buzzing sounds with inductors. Loose windings can rattle audibly under certain load conditions.

The inductors can be seen in the top left corner of this PCB, just below the screw hole:

https://www.tweaktown.com/image.php?image=images.tweaktown.com/content/8/3/8334_09_wd-blue-3d-sandisk-ultra-1tb-sata-iii-ssd-review_full.jpg
You're right the article was also confusing regarding the sound source.

In my case the sound definitely comes from the SSD's and nothing else, I've removed them from their socket while still plugged and held them close to my ear to make sure.

I've ordered new Sata Cables and I'll see if anything changes if not I'll look and see if anything's loose.
 
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There are 4 causes for strange sound from the drive:
  • An insufficient power supply is a very common cause of noise in the drive.
  • Physical damage to the drive.
  • Due to the faulty data cables, or incorrect drivers installed.
  • A crashed drive.
You can try the quick fixes to overcome the issue:
  • Check whether the drive is getting enough power or not. You can do it by plugging the power adapter directly into the power supply.
  • Replace the data cable with the new one and turn on the drive. Now, if it does not make any noise, then the data cable might be faulty.
  • In case the drive still makes noises, then there is a high possibility the drive is failing and needs to be replaced.
 

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"If the system BIOS has a C-States option, disabling this option should help eliminate the noise. " the article says.

Have you followed the instruction @Bob3636 ? It says disable C-State option. I guess that relates to a powersaving mode option. You can also try setting your windows power usage to high performance (this would drain your battery faster) but I'm not sure if that would help at all.

Again, if it's right and the tips don't help. You might be experiencing a power issue. SSDs don't have moving parts and most of the time they point it to electricity. You should also check the cables if they're not faulty at all.
 
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"If the system BIOS has a C-States option, disabling this option should help eliminate the noise. " the article says.

Have you followed the instruction @Bob3636 ? It says disable C-State option. I guess that relates to a powersaving mode option. You can also try setting your windows power usage to high performance (this would drain your battery faster) but I'm not sure if that would help at all.

Again, if it's right and the tips don't help. You might be experiencing a power issue. SSDs don't have moving parts and most of the time they point it to electricity. You should also check the cables if they're not faulty at all.
I couldn't find the C-State option in my Bios but I have changed my Sata Cables and it seems to be fine now ? I haven't been having troubles with my SSD in the past weeks, will pay attention.
 

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