Noises like that aren't good. I would return those.
What does the rest of the SMART attributes show, does it say anything about the drive's health ?
As for the fatal error, that could be related, or it could be bad RAM. I would run memtest86+ on the system with the fatal error, just to check it out for piece of mind.
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