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Dell will not boot into Windows, optical drive makes noise will not boot from CD

Q: Dell will not boot into Windows, optical drive makes noise will not boot from CD

Dell inspiron 2 years old. My daughters Computer ran fine before this. Will not boot in safe mode. or last known good configuration. Ran Dell diagnostic, HD short test failed. Tried booting F12 CD/DVD from Vista CD, optical drive makes noise but screen returns to failed boot. Tried other boot disc same thing, noise like its being read, but nothing on screen. Optical drive worked fine before this episode.

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A: Dell will not boot into Windows, optical drive makes noise will not boot from CD

Are you saying you believe the optical drive and hard disk have failed, or you think the optical drive has failed?

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Hey guys, When i goto start my computer it makes a weird clicking noise, and gets no signal to the monitor. When i unplug the video card and plug it back in, it will boot up. But recently taking out the video card hasn't been working. Last night i took out the card and hooked the monitor up to the onboard video slot. It worked fine. and so i figured the videocard had went bad in it. But this morning I got up and went to turn on the computer and the same clicking noise with no monitor signal. The clicking noise is very fast, and you can tell the computer isnt booting up. Anyone have any suggestions? Bad powersupply?

A:Computer wont boot up, makes clicking noise

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)

But it does sound to be a faulty internal HardDrive

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This has began today. I turned on the computer and one of the CD drives flash and makes a beeping noise, and that's it. The screen remains blank and nothing happens for the flashing light and beeping noise.

Can a faulty CD drive cause this? It has also been quite hot here... melted circuitry?

My computer is XP Pro BTW, and has two other drives (two DVD drives).

A:computer makes beeping noise immediately at boot up

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Dell Inspiron 3721 - 3 yrs old, running Windows 10  Started making loud clicking noise when trying to boot - sometimes it would boot, sometimes I had to try and restart a few times. It clicks about once per 1 or 2 seconds, then never starts up.

A:Laptop makes loud clicking noise when trying to boot

Hi Janbiv2
Thanks for writing to us. 
Please run diagnostics from f12 menu and observe for any clicking noise during test. 
The noise could be either from fan or from the HD. 
You can remove the HD and try on another machine if possible or try another HD on this machine. 
Also run the machine without the HD and observe if the noise stops. 
Do keep us posted about the test results. 

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I have a Gateway PC that has been stuck in a Windows Update loop....installing 3 of 3.....for several days now. I am unable to change the boot device order due to the following error: "Failed w/ user password to Load Boot Menu. Press F1 to Resume."

Safe mode failed.....auto repair failed....last known good failed.....safe mode w/ command prompt failed. Upon hitting F1 the system goes back into the update loop.

I contacted Gateway support and they gave me instructions for doing a "Restore from Factory Default" using ALT+F10. I am immediately presented with this error: "BootSector Write!! VIRUS: Continue (Y/N)?"

I'm at a loss. I know how to clean boot sector viruses; however, I don't have a clue what to do if I can't boot to an optical drive. Any ideas??


System Specs: Vista Home Premium 64-bit w/SP1
Gateway desktop DX4300
Norton Antivirus 2009

A:Solved: Boot Sector Virus but can't boot to optical drive

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Hi Guys. I just built a new pc a few days ago. I am running windows 7 ultimate activated and all. It runs perfect. I used my brothers optical drive to install windows 7. When I unplug the optical drive windows wont boot at all. It shows teh logo for about half a second and then restarts over and over. I manually turn of the pc and plug the optical drive back in.....and it boots fine with no problems. Im not sure what could be the problem and any help would be appreciated.

Im running the following:

tx750 corsair psu
16 gb corsair vengeance ram
crucial m4 256 ssd
wd 1 TB caviar black hdd

A:Windows 7 does not boot when I unplug optical drive.

What logo do you mean? the windows boot flag?

Just plugging in the optical drive... system boots. You don't have any disk in optical then?

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So yeah, my simple issue is thaht i installed windows 7 on a hard drive, which i later replaced with a Samsung 840 SSD, which also was bootable. So now ive got 2 windows 7 options to boot from, and the only bad thing there is is that it takes 30 extra seconds to boot up, which isnt that much of an issue, but thats mainly why i bought an ssd, to get a quick bootup time, and i only use the FIRST (highlited) option of windows 7....

A:Extra Windows 7 Boot option makes pc take more time to boot up.

Type msconfig in start search box. Click it when it pops up. Under the Boot tab, highlight the one you want to remove and Delete>Apply>OK

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Background to my problem.

I have an aging laptop which I am hoping to sell. However before selling it I first had to securely erase the hard drives contents. To do this I used the DBAN (Dariks Boot And Nuke) software from a CD. On the next reboot I got the expected "MBR is invalid " error. The XP SP2 disc goes into the optical drive along with a reboot, the message "Checking CD-ROM" appears for a while then the system jumps to booting the HDD. When checking the optical drive for media I hear the disc spin up (sometimes) along with a jammed motor grinding type noise, as though the part that moves the laser back and forth is jammed. Although when inspecting the drive closely (without dismantling it) I can see nothing unusual.

After retrying for an hour I find the furthest I get is the "Checking your computers hardware configuration" then an involuntary restart.`

I tried:
Cleaning the CD.
Blowing any dust of laser.

Although the BIOS understands this optical drive (correct name under CD-ROM) the drive is still notorious for refusing to boot CD's. So I swap out the optical drive for a spare (from an even older laptop) which I know worked last time I tried to use it to boot a CD. Things get worse, the BIOS doesn't understand this new drive and the XP setup rarely launches and never gets past "Checking your computers hardware configuration".

Now I have reverted back to the original optical drive although the BIOS now doe... Read more

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Hi guys, I would really appreciate help with this, because I'm getting very frustrated. I installed windows 7 ultimate onto drive B using drive A. So now, my system will not boot up if i remove drive A. I assume that the problem has to do with a missing boot file on drive B. I am able to run windows 7 from either drive and access all of the files from either drive. Please tell me how to make my drive able to boot on its own. I cannot use an optical drive, because i dont have one, and I have tried to use the windows repair iso from a USB drive but I wasnt successful.

CPU: i5 2500k
Motherboard: MSI PH61A-P35

A:Need Help: Fix Boot w/o Optical Drive

What do you mean by A: & B: Drives.
A: & B: are Floppy Drives.

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I am trying to install a new hard drive in my several years old Toshiba P25 S609. I need help getting my CD/DVD to run as the #1 boot.

My CD/DVD drive reads just fine, and appears in my computer when the system is booted to XP. I have set the BIOS for CD as first drive, and disabled "quiet startup" in BIOS so I can see when it asks - usually for a particular keystroke or any key. In my case it is F12 and takes me to a boot selection window. Even though CD is selected it never reads to boot.

Instead I get a screen with this scrolling text:
PXE-E61 Media test failure

I'm pretty sure that this is because the hard drive has no OS installed.

The new drive a WD2500BEVE Scorpio, is recognized in BIOS when I go to setup, and in the startup text on my monitor, but as soon as the CD drive DOES NOT read the XP boot disc, or the Topshiba Recovery disc the monitor displays the above scrolling text.

Do I have an optical drive issue, or a BIOS issue? Is there a battery and/or reset button to reset the BIOS on the mobo - and would that be a possibility?


A:Unable to boot from optical drive

Have you tried to boot with that cd on another computer?

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Hello, I'm trying to boot a Linux-based OS from an external optical drive. Using the UEFI boot options menu, I've set the boot order so that the regular OS boot manager appears last, but I still cannot get the other OS to boot. I have the external drive connected by a cord to the USB port on the notebook. Legacy boot is disabled, boot from CD/DVD is enabled, secure boot is enabled. The external drive is working-- in fact, its light blinks when I restart the computer. The DVD works on my desktop too. Here's what I've been doing: Restart the computer. Hit 'esc', then 'F9'. At this point it only gives me two options, but both are for the Windows OS. It doesn't even list "internal drive", "external drive", or "USB" at this point. Agh. Please help. Thank you.

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Hi there pals. Happy and prosperous new year!

I have this problem: I want to make my computer boot from the windows 7 cd in the optical drive, but although it asks me if I want to do that, there is no option to "press any key" and it goes on to book from the hard drive. Despite my pressing a key at the question it goes on with the hard drive boot. It used to boot properly from this windows 7 cd some time ago, but something must have happened in the DOS or CMOS part or something like that.

How could I remedy the situation?

Anticipated thanks and regards with warmest season greetings.


A:Optical drive boot problem

Make sure that your drive is a DVD drive (look at faceplate). The Win7 medium is a DVD.

Check BIOS and make sure that the boot priority has the optical drive before the HD.

Is this an original DVD? If not, perhaps you did not include a boot sector when making the DVD. Files alone do not a bootdisk make.

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I have a sony vaio VGN-NR330E that I have just bought a new hard drive for (doing a fresh install of vista) and the internal optical drive spins up but won't boot off the cd, and after a blinking cursor says O/S not found, so i tried it on an external usb drive, and it didnt boot, same black screen followed by O/S not found. I tried booting from a knoppix live cd that worked on another computer and it wouldnt boot either. I have no idea of any what to do, since it wont boot off of an external HDD internal optical drive, external optical drive, and any help is greatly appreciated.

A:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?


If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.


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I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,


The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

A:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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hello, Is it anyway technical possible to boot the L560 from an ssd in the DVD caddy ?The ssd isn't in the bootlist !Win10 sees the ssd but bios doesn't  :   error 0xc000000e when starting up  many thanks in advance mvg...

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Hi ,      last week we purchased 40 new HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Tower PC for our office with freedos OS.I try to install Windows 8.1 Pro 64Bit Operating system on Pc but pc did,t boot show Hp logo but not boot from any device show blank window.I m also try to boot from Press F9 key and choose Optical drive from boot and install windows. After choose optical drive show window blank i m also try from Bootable USB result same.I open system side cover and remove wireless card (Tp-Link TL-WN78IND) From PCI Express x1 slot and try to boot from CD ROM this time system boot from cd rom and starting installing windows. this wireless card issue in PCI Express x1 slot.I install this card in PCI Express x16 slot this card working fine and did,t create any problem when i install windows etc. My Question is that why HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Tower PC system not boot when (Tp-Link TL-WN78IND) wireless card install in PCI Express x1 slot . Thanks

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I cannot get my Elitebook 2570p to boot from the optical drive.Trying to re-install the OS.I enter the BIOS and click on boot options but the optical drive is not among the options.

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Hi all, I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. Its optical drive has gone bad, and won't play any discs whatsoever.. it will just keep on reading it, and ultimately throws the disc out.

Now, I want to reinstall the OS on the laptop via an installation disc. I have an external USB optical drive, and it works well otherwise... but, the problem is, that the laptop won't recognize it as a boot device.

It does not recognize it as a CD/DVD boot device, nor as a USB one. I have done the proper settings for the boot order in the BIOS... no go.

Any ideas on how to make the laptop recognize the external optical drive as boot device, and boot the disc from it?

A:Solved: How to boot from external optical drive

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Hi guys

I have been having trouble with a hard drive. It is from an old computer of mine and it has some stuff on it that I want. It is an IDE drive, but my mobo is a sata board so I went to maplins to get an adaptor to switch between the 2.

I know this adaptor works as I use it for my laptop hdd (which is now also in my desktop) and it works perfectly.

The bios recognises this dodgy hdd and is fine with it, but when I try to load windows, it just hangs once all the little squares have joined together to make the windows sign at the boot screen...it sits there "glowing" for ages

I have tried disabling the hdd in the bios, tried switching the switch on the adaptor the other way and nothing happens...windows will only boot if i unplug the power to it.

There is no bootable info on this hdd, just a few files

Any help will be gratefully received

A:Hard Drive Makes Boot Hang

Will it boot with just the adapter...no hard drive?

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So I'm apparently not the first (nor will I be last) dissatisfied Pavilion user.

I have a HP Pavilion dv9700 laptop and it's been a pretty sweet resource for the past couple of years. For the most part, I really love the majority of things about it and, for the time being, I'm too broke to upgrade to a newer model.

Anyway, about 6 months ago I started running into problems with my optical drive. The basic situation was that me and the laptop had a disagreement about whether or not it existed. It had been working the day previous and then just wouldn't open when I pressed the button. Upon some convincing (sticking a paperclip in the manual release) I managed to get the laptop to open and close it at the push of a button (works sporadically, however works all the time while in BIOS. I can't, however, boot from the cd tray.)

Around the same time I had issues booting. Windows would either freeze in the resuming screen after hibernation or it would get past it, only to give me a black screen and a blinking cursor (I've waited on this thing for hours. It's stuck.)

I brushed both off as minor inconveniences.

More recently my webcam did the same thing. It isn't recognized by windows and is impossible to find. Just today, the same story happened with my speakers and microphones.

And when I say that Windows doesn't recognize it, I mean that the drivers say the media doesn't exist when I go to reinstall them, the device manager doe... Read more

A:Sound/Optical Drive/Webcam/Boot Problems

I should also point out that when installing any drivers, it usually comes back with "Cannot find the MEDIA." (or something akin to that.)

Another strange thing that may have nothing to do with anything, but in my taskbar I used to have a little icon over my battery telling me that I should consider replacing it (I should, it's crap.) But yesterday, that went away as soon as my speakers started acting up (there's now a little warning symbol over my speakers)

Anyway, here's the results of the troubleshooting.

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Hello everyone!

I have been having this issue recently that I need help with. I am fairly clued up when it comes to computers, but this one has me stumped.

I have a COMPAQ Presario F500AU
1.8GHz AMD Turion x64 X2 Duel Core processor
Nvidia GeForce 6100
Broadcom Wireless
15.4" WXGA Widescreen LCD display
Windows 7 Ultimate beta Ver. 1000 (Windows Vista Home Basic was standard with it)

I recently had to take my DVD drive out and re-insert it due to dusty contacts. I put my laptop back together and inserted the DVD drive back in.

Please note, when I did all this, I was wearing a static strap connected to the computer while working on it on an anti-static mat with the mains and battery disconnected from it.

When I insert my DVD drive into the laptop, my laptop lights up, but I get no video signal. After about 30 seconds my computer turns off and on again. If I take my DVD drive out of my laptop, it boots as per normal.

Has anyone got any ideas as to how I could solve this issue?

Any help would be much appreciated!


A:Compaq Presario Optical Drive/Boot problem


I really need help on this one! I still can't figure it out. Any ideas?

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I installed my SSD in the hdd bay (removed hdd and replaced ssd) and noticed fast boot time and then after adding a 2nd hdd using a caddy and replacing the optical dvd/cd drive ( I broke it ), I noticed a couple seconds slower on boot.
Computer specs : intel core i5 3230M 6gb ram windows 7 ultimate sony vaio sve 14

ssd sandisk ultra + 256gb paired with a 5200rpm 750gb in the optical drive
I set boot order as

internal Hard Drive
External Device

the last option was optical drive which I didn't set as a boot order.
It doesn't let me set SSD as boot and HDD as secondary hdd on my BIOS. should I update my bios ?

A:ssd boot time slow after adding hdd in optical drive

Ok Windows OP mate does the BIOS let you set the SSD as first device with the other drives disconnected?
If so then I would reckon you need to update the BIOS but it is something you must be sure of first as you know updating the BIOS has it's hazards namely it can wreck the BIOS chip.

So whatever you do be careful in updating it. But first see what just having one drive in does (and in any case you should see in the BIOS all the drives that are hooked up anyway).

Have a read about the BIOS in this link AMI | American Megatrends Inc. : Glossary

PS Is this a different machine than the one in your system specs??

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I realise this is a very specific issue indeed, and also kind of a '1st world' issue... but I'd like to know what's causing my Gigabyte P57Xv7 laptop to boot twice, every time whenever my 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB3.0 drive is connected to it. Here are the salient points:

The first boot doesn't even make it to the spinning Windows circle, it only gets to the initial Gigabyte screen, then after a few seconds it reboots.
It's not the same type of double boot that occurs whenever you first plug in a new USB device (which I assume is for the BIOS to enumerate the new device?) - those boots are much shorter than this one.
It only boots twice when the boot is from a shutdown state. Not when it's a Windows 10 restart.
However I doubt it's a Windows issue, as it happens even when I disable Windows Boot Manager in BIOS (which makes the laptop boot straight into BIOS instead of loading Windows 10)
I've tried various BIOS settings (like enabling/disabling USB Legacy Support)
I've also tried various Windows settings (like disabling Hibernation and playing with various Power settings)
The Seagate drive is not a boot drive, and there are no hidden/system files in the root directory. Its file system in NTFS.
The drive has passed all of Seagate's tests via its SeaTools program.
While I don't have an awful lot of other hardware to play with, I can tell you that 1) the Seagate does not cause another older laptop to do the same thing... Read more

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I have an Alienware Sentia m3200. My optical drive is not working. If I insert a disc, I get the gruntish things every second or so, but the discs never show up. (See the wav file) If I was stingy on the info and specs, please ask for more info.

Any ideas?

A:Optical Drive won't read, makes strange noises.

Try a new ide cable, if that doesn`t help, uninstall the drive from your device manager and reboot your computer. Windows will redetect the drive.

If it`s still no go, your drive may have died on you and a replacement may be necessary.

Regards Howard

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can't install os on a Portege m200 tablet.
there is no cd rom or a drive,and no support for a usb drive.It will boot over a network pxe, but I don't no how to do that. I have try a lot of stuff like pulling the drive installing in another computer all I get is a missing boot manger. help if you can thanks

A:Can't install OS on optical drive-less Portege m200 Tablet, no USB boot

You don't say which operating system you are trying to install but try using the other PC to install the OS and then moving the hard drive back to the tablet to install the drivers and programs. Of course, you will need a bootable operating system cd and you should download your tablet drivers from the Toshiba website.

When you got the "missing boot manager" message, evidently you were trying to boot from that hard drive but that's not what you want to do if you are trying to install Windows, for example. Change the boot order to CD first so it will boot from your OS installation CD.

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I am using an HP Pavillion DV9700 laptop
AMD Turion 64x2 TL-60 2.00 GHz
2 GB on board
Windows 7 Home Premium, 32-bit OS, all updates installed

Somewhere, after a Win7 update many months ago, the problem started. I had no problems before. It started with the OS not recognizing the optical disk drive that came installed with the laptop. The computer's set-up BIOS recognizes the drive as being there. The optical drive does not show in Device Manager.

I tried changing out the disk drive, it did not help. Soon, Win7 would occasionally lock up at the boot screen, but work fine on a cold reboot following a lock-up. But then the lock-ups became permanent and cyclical. No amount of reboots would help.

I went to do a clean install using an external USB optical drive and accidentally discovered it cured the problem! The laptop will not lock up if the external USB optical drive is hooked up and turned on when starting the computer.

I tried a clean install of the operating system. I tried updating the drivers. Nothing helped.

Win7 always recognizes I had problems booting and sends the error messages to Microsoft.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

A:Win7 Locks Up on Boot -- Related to CD-DVD Optical Disk Drive

If you remove the optical drive and leave it out, does the lock up on boot go away?

Does it lock up when Windows starts to load?
I assume it does not lock up on system boot because it is recognized in the BIOS.

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MY mother has a Dell Laptop with Windows Vista. After the computer being on a bit the fan starts making this horrible sound and sometimes the she gets the blue screen and causes the computer to restart. Anyone ever seen or heard of this?

A:Dell laptop makes horrible noise then blue screens

Hmm, interesting.

Does the laptop appear to be getting hotter and hotter as you use it? Are you sure that the fan is actually spinning/the cause of the sound.

Sounds to me like the fan could be faulty. I've also had large clumps of dust (Large enough to stop the fan spinning) caught in the fanblades, meaning I had to disassemble the laptop to resolve the issue.

You could try giving the fan/air filter a blow out with compressed air and see what happens/if it improves. Also make sure that the fan is actually spinning to start with.

What does the noise sound like also?

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 Recently, my optical drive on my t430 broke. I had an old drive that I salvaged from an old HP laptop, and I replaced it with that. The drive works, But there is a small issue. My boot time got INCREDIBLY slow. Not the windows boot, the POST screen. It's stuck on the screen with the Lenovo logo for over two minutes. it eventually boots, and as far as i can tell, windows is fine. is there a way to fix this?

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The harddrive makes this chirping noise for about 20 seconds when I power on the computer, please see the link.

please add the http www as I can't post links because I'm a new member


After that and the rest of the time it runs fine.

Could it be a power supply issue on startup or is there something definitely wrong with my hard drive.

Many thanks

A:Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up

It's most likely a dying hard drive. It may still be under a 5-year warranty

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Hi there people, This a follow to a previous thread I started as my former 400 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HDD was faulty. I have since returned it to Seagate who took over a month to send me a new one!

The problem is the one they sent me doesn't seem to work either, it makes a horrible noise on start-up and then in Bios it reports the status as bad and advises to first back up and then replace the drive. Once it boots into windows it seems o.k but often causes crashes and some really slow performance. I use it as a media drive and it has a lot of video and audio files on it.

The problem is really getting to me as I need the drive for my work and I worried that if I send them back this drive they are just going to send me another that doesn't work and also it cost me every time I send it back! If anyone has anay advice on what it could be please let me know, does it sound as if it's a problem with the rest of my pc or just the drives their sending me? The first HDD problem was different to this one so I guess it's just the drives that are at fault.

Thanks in advance,


A:Seagate Hard drive has bad status and makes horrible noises on boot-up!

Difficult to tell, depends on the noise, is it clicking, or whirring noisily ?

Tried chkdsk to scan your hard drive in search of a wide range of errors. This tool can also attempt to correct a number of hard drive problems.

Would lean more towards the HDD being faulty rather then the PC, but as I said difficult to tell without further analysis.


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Often, depending on the DVD it seems, when I pop one into my laptop I hear a loud whirring like vibration humming noise coming from the optical drive as the DVD is spinning. The sound generally seems to speed up (get louder) and then slow down (get softer) as I'm doing things such as switching to various menu places on the DVD. The DVDs that cause this sound play through okay, but obviously there shouldn't be this loud sound I describe coming from the drive. And these are commercially produced factory quality DVDs, not irregular in any particular way. These DVDs are ones I borrow from a friend, not sure if it something caused by some player he's previously played them on or what. Most other DVD's, also borrowed from him, play fine with absolutely quiet operation from the drive, it's sort of random whether the noise will happen or not.
I found the following info online, but don't really know if this could be causing the issue:
Rotational vibration. Some discs are less balanced and cause more wobbling and vibrations, which in turn, lead to more noise. The imbalance of discs is random and uncontrollable. However, some drives seem to deal better with imbalanced discs because of clamping / damping mechanisms.
Any comments appreciated.

A:laptop optical drive noise

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hello !   the fan of the hard drive has been making noise for the last x-number of months.  the operating system = genuine windows7 home premium. the product name = qu116aa#aba.  i am sure that it is not an easy forecast in order to know when the fan may die. does any company still support the fan for this equipment ?  should i just buy another computer ?  the model number = p6-2014.  thank you.

A:"...the fan of the hard drive makes a lot of noise..."

Hi, I don't think Hard drive has a fan. It could be CPU fan or the fan of the case (most likely). Can you check to see which one ? Regards.

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Downloaded Windows 10 upgrade and now my computer won't boot at all all I get is blinking light on the caps lock button and the f12 internet light is on

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I pulled a working Windows 7 SATA drive from a Dell Inspiron 570, 1TB in size.
When installed in a Dell 8400, the Windows loading sequence fails.
(No other drives connected)
Bios in the 8400 correctly identifies the drive and diagnostics passed OK.
By this i mean, in the Inspiron, Windows loading I see the spinning wheels, color Screen windows 7 start sequence, then the select user screen.
In the Dimension 8400 I see a black and white lettering, loading windows bar at the bottom of the screen, "Windows is loading files..."

Does this problem look like a Dell Dimension problem, or perhaps a problem with software on the 1TB hard drive.
Now, If I put a PATA drive in the 8400 and reconfigure BIOS, I can boot from a Windows XP drive with no problem.

Thanks for reading.

A:Dimension 8400 cannot boot Windows 7 SATA drive 1TB from another Dell

Are you trying to use/boot the Inspiron 570, 1tb HD, in the Dimension 8400, without reinstalling windows 7?
If you are, this will no work, the differences between the the systems are too great. You need to clean install Windows 7 and use the appropriate Dimension 8400 drivers, etc.
Was the Windows 7 operating system used in the 570 a Dell OEM copy, factory shipped with the 570?

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Recently my Toshiba Portable hard drive has been making a clicking noise when I plug it in in intervals of 1 seconds. Does that mean its failing (PS: Its only 2 months old)

A:Hard drive makes clicking noise

It's a strong possibility. Most drives that fail do it in the first few weeks. If it didn't make the noise before and now it does.....I would make an image to have ready in cased it fails. Make an image every two days and keep an eye on it. It could be something else, but it sure sounds like a bad drive to me.

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I have a four year old HP Pavilion with windows XP. Three years ago, the CD drive needed to be replaced so we bought a used one for $10. It worked fine until today. I ejected the tray and it only came out halfway and made a grinding noise. I inserted and ejected it a couple more times and it did the same thing. Then, it finally wouldn't open at all. Now when I try to eject it, the light flashes and it makes the same grinding noise but it doesn't open.

I tried to eject it from My Computer and it did the same thing. I take classes on the computer and use CD's for class so I need my CD drive. Is there any way I can fix it? I'm a student on a small income and I don't know when I could afford another one. If there's something I could do to get it working again, that would be great. I'll try to answer all your questions.

Thanks for your help.

A:CD Drive will not open, makes grinding noise

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Hi all

I have recently put a new motherboard (asus M4A89GTD PRO) on my pc and, since then, everytime I shut down the pc, the HD makes a very strange sound, I will explain that with more details:

when I shut down the pc from windows, I get the "Shutting down" screen, everything is normal there, but some seconds later the HD Led turns on and the HD makes a very strange sound, that happens during a second or two, and after that, the sound stops and the pc turns off

EDIT: I forgot to say it: that noise sounds like the HD is revving very very fast... sounds like a disk turning very fast

It makes me feel that there is something wrong with my motherboard/OS/HD... What do you think? What can be the cause of that? is it a serious problem?

A:My hard drive makes noise when turning off PC

I dont seem to understand the meaning of revving, would it be like when its too busy, that kind of a sound or something else.
Because if that's the case then it could be ok, plus is that a SATA or IDE disk/s...
I also think it could be Data caching, maybe look at you disk properties in your management console and see it you have a setting like this snapshot below...


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Hi guys. I've got another problem. My Lite-On iHES106-2 makes a High-Pitched noise whenever it reads data from CD.

Any idea what's going on?

A:CD/DVD drive makes high-pitched noise

Just learned that if it makes those noise like that... it will or is already dead. What the hell is going on with my computer these days?!? My music hard drive and now my CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive... GOTTA BE JOKING!!

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I have a dell M5110 with a normal hard disk of 500GB. In order to speed up the machine I want to fit a 128 SSD (Pretec SATM128G-CMM) on which I want to do a clean Windows 7 install. As I want to have sufficient capacity to store all my files I want to install them both at the same time.
Unfortunately I'm unable to get Windows 7 to boot correctly from the SSD. Ay help would be very much appreciated.

1/ Using an adapter I installed the SSD in the optical drive bay.
(FYI: Replacing the 500GB disc by the SSD and fitting the 500GB disk in the optical drive bay is feasible, but requires surprisingly much effort)
2/ I downloaded Windows 7 ISO via the Microsoft service center => SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_7_64Bit_English_Full_MLF_X15

3/ As I have no optical station anymore; I "installed" the iso file on a USB key using the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool"
4/ I plugged the USB key in a USB 2.0 slot and started the install (language select > new install > select SSD > start install)
5/ Everything goes well until computer tries to reboot again after "completing installation";
Then I get an error "Windows Boot manager"; Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. If you want to fix the problem: ...
File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
status: 0xc000000e
info; the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt."
I rebooted and switched to the previous windows install... Read more

A:Issue installing Windows 7 on SSD in optical drive bay Dell M5110

Most options to convert optical drive port to HDD are for DATA drive only.

Check your Dell manual.

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Microsoft advised me that my W7 product key indicated W7 was pre loaded on my Dell desktop when I purchased it  
How do I go about downloading a w7 iso file that can be used to boot my Desktop from a thumb drive

Thanks for your help

A:Can not boot my Dell XPS 8100 How can I download a Windows 7 mirror image to boot from?

You don't   You get a windows 10 ISO and install without a key then input the windows 7 key to activate.
Windows 7 is no longer available.Microsoft recently announced the first major update to Windows 10 which includes numerous improvements for end users and businesses. One of the welcome improvements is the compliance check when qualifying for the Windows 10 upgrade. Previously, Windows 7, Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 users needed to have either of those versions Windows installed and activated in order to qualify for the free upgrade offer. For persons who needed to perform a clean install of Windows 10 from the outset, it was a two step process of first validating the machine through the upgrade routine, ensure the Windows 10 Upgrade was activated, then proceed to perform a Reset. With the latest November Update (1511), users no longer have to go through this process. In this article, we take a look at how to install and activate Windows 10 using your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key. Details
Using a Windows 7 license to perform clean install using Windows 10.

Please note: The copy of Windows 10 you download must correspond with the edition of Windows you are licensed for:
Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Core must&... Read more

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Hi,The computer I've messed up is a Dell Inspiron 545ST desktop, dual-core processor, Windows 7, 6 GB RAM, 750 GB HD. Eight months old, still under warranty. I haven't backed up anything because, like making a will, I figured there was plenty of time. My tech knowledge is slightly above average--a dangerous thing.I created a new, FAT32 (I believe; the computer's default is NTFS, of course) 20-GB partition using free, online software that seemed OK. (I don't know which because I can't access it now.) I used it to transfer Windows 98 files from a USB-connected enclosure containing an old hard drive to the partition, which it seemed to do flawlessly.I chose the software's option to make the partition bootable. I thought maybe if anything was funky, it would be isolated and I could destroy the monster I created. Wrong!I received an error message I do not remember. I figured, OK, that failed, but I still have the partition and the data.When I rebooted, instead of Windows and my desktop, the Dell diagnostic screen came up. I ran every test, but, like they all are, it was useless. I rebooted and found that was now the default boot-up screen. After trying numerous fixes and about 30 reboots, I got this error message: Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [1c]. The error message has never repeated.I called Dell, but they blew me off because it's software related.To dig myself deeper, I tried Ultimate Boot CD, which was hours... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 545ST partition or boot error; won't boot to Windows

You will need to repair the boot sector on Windows 7 using fixmbr while under Recovery/Repair Console. you can only have 1 active partition that is bootable in a machine at one time.

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Hi,The DVD Drive of my acer aspire es1-512-c5yw makes a loud noise when reading Certain CDs it doesn't do it with all of the CDs just certain ones i recorded the sound as a .mp3 file if you want to download it you can download it at this linkhttps://framadrop.org/r/w1GYD5vYd1#VeYGT3KJXNiFUhdyiOlXFU35lp96FilHMXnuZVRp93o=the link will expire on Friday, November 11, 2016 i scanned the file using kaspersky internet security 2016 so it's safe

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I have a Dell D600 laptop that the hard drive makes noise as it tried to boot up. It then stops running (it seems) and I get the error message"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found". I don't have a boot disk for this XP system, but does this mean the drive is bad?

A:Hard drive makes loud bumping noise at bootup

Almost certainly the HDD has failed mechanically / physically.

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A friend of mine was having trouble getting his seagate go flex ext hdd to show up under my computer so I brought it home to take a look at it myself.I tried a lot of things but it still wouldn't show up and under disk management it gave me an I/O error.As it was quite important to get hold of the data inside the hdd I took out the hard disk out from its enclosure and hooked it up internally but it still wouldn't show up but when the hard disk powers up it spins and then makes a noise which sounds like its beeping it does that for some while before any and all activity stops.
By now I know that its a pretty serious issue with the hard disk but what I want to know is can it be fixed by me,and is the data safe?
It will be highly appreciated if someone can help me out.
I'd also like to point out that I have never ever opened a hard disk but I can give it a try as the options seem limited at this point.thanks.

A:External hard drive makes kind of a beeping noise.

run the seatools diagnostic


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My CD drive is making loud noises. This doesn't occur all the time. For example,I'm watching a DVD - Criminal Minds Season 4 and it allowed me to watch the episodes fine but when I tried to watch a deleted scene, it made this loud grinding noise and it wouldn't stop even when I clicked stopped in Windows Media Player. It only stopped when I removed the DVD.

This also occurred when I was watching another DVD, I was trying to skip through it and it made that loud grinding noise again but it still played after it got to where I wanted it to be. But with the Criminal Minds DVD, it won't work even when I leave the DVD grinding to see if it'll go to the deleted scene.

I don't understand what's going on. I barely used it before but now it's acting up. I never dropped my laptop or hit it.

I'm attaching the sound it makes. I hope there's a way I can fix this on my own.

Btw, the deleted scene worked on my sister's Toshiba laptop. It made no loud noises. It was smooth.

Edit: Here is the sound it makes. https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...int=file%2cm4a It's the one named DVD drive

A:Asus Laptop CD Drive Makes Loud Grinding Noise

A DVD drive will make noise. Whirring and a little bit of clunking and ticking are normal, but a solid grinding sound does not sound good. You may have to replace that DVD drive.

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***Warning: I'm very, very tech unsavvy*** Example: I put a large game disc in the player yesterday, it recognized there was a cd in there, for instance, after much work and time on behalf of the computer, but although it's a game with hundreds of files and hundreds of megabytes on it, it registered one media track 40-something bytes only. Nothing else. That's the kind of thing I get if I'm lucky enough to have it recognize anything there at all, lately. Mostly, it doesn't recognize them at all anymore. As a matter of fact, part of its erratic behavior is that half the time, if there's a cd or dvd in the drive when the computer is turned on, it gets stuck on startup before the user account screen pops up and won't go anywhere unless I open the tray up. It's driving me crazy. Do I have a bad drive or is the drive okay and there's something wrong with some software somewhere? What say you, to the noob?

A:[SOLVED] CD/DVD drive, lights turn on, makes noise, tries... but doesn't recognize!

Hi and welcome to TSF try the info here How to troubleshoot common problems that occur when a Windows XP-based computer cannot read a CD or a DVD

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