I have dual boot. No problem on Windows shutdown, no crack sound.
But on Lubuntu there is short crack sound, like it suddenly stopped power supply. What would be the reason? Cause such sudden power-offs may decrease lifespan of my hdd drive.
If it may help you… The same issue was with external hard drive if you do not eject it and instead shutdown the system. I managed to avoid it by using next commands:
udisksctl unmount -b /dev/sdb
udisksctl power-off -b /dev/sdb
No any crack sound after this code and external drive can be removed.
Can I reach such result with my primary hdd on shutdown?