drives to make sure they're alive and well. But why is your drive so noisy? I've got half a dozen of them from Seagate and WD, and I hardly ever hear them.
Yes, I do have the antivirus monitoring off for that drive. That helps somewhat.
But simple things I do keep waking up the hard drive and it is LOUD.
For example, I deleted a .txt file from my desktop, (that I just created now). Their was a 10 second delay until the external drive woke up, then the file was deleted into the recycle bin. Now the drive will be loudly humming for the next 20 min until it sleeps again.