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Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Q: Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy


Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot results in freezing before startup, not being able to access the boot file, or a blue screen of death. So I...

Hard drive #3:
Same things happening! I must have reformatted at least 4 times by now and I'm beginning to give strange looks at my motherboard. The computer seems to DECIDE when to work and not work. When it doesn't boot, the hard drive makes a constant clicking noise. This next part will sound bad; after getting boot errors all day I walked down stairs to find some new hardware. When I got back up, my cat had knocked the hard drive (which was disconnected and outside of the computer) onto the wooden floor. It's a 3 foot drop so I was getting worried, I plugged it in and tried to star; what do you know? Here I am. Now I'm certain it's only a matter of time before it freezes again. The thing is, freezing usually occurs when I'm running one or more programs at a time. The computer is going incredibly slow at the moment.

Is it a certain program that is messing up my registry, or would it be a problem with my motherboard?? :dontknow:

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A: Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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Hey guys, I've been having a very serious problem lately. I'm in the middle of working, and suddenly, my hard drive goes" click, clock....click clock, click clock. Then my mouse freezes and I have to flip the switch on my computer to turn it off. Then, when I reboot, it says "no drive found", so I wait like 3 minutes, then boot again, and all is fine about another hour. Then the same thing happens..... click clock...freeze.

Now, there are a few factors to consider. My computer did this one time in 2004 (when I left it on for 3 days straight of Maya rendering) and hasn't done it again til about a month ago. Recent things that I have done since it happened was:

1.) Increase my page file size to 3.5GB (and add the "/3GB" line to my boot.ini) (also note, my page file is on my Slave hard drive on it's own 5GB partition at the beginning of the drive. It's split up a bit (cuz of the MFT). Prior, I had my page file set to 1.5GB (and it wasn't split at all) on it's own partition on my slave. No problems.

2.) I arranged my physical arrangment in my case of drives, my Master was on top and Slave just below it. Mind you, I have 11 fans in my case, two on the rear, two on the side, two in front (blowing direct over the HDDs) one on top, two on the PSU, one on both the CPU and GPU, so my PC is well cooled. It's also very much OUT IN THE OPEN under my large desk, so nothing is blocking airflow (except maybe the desk about 5... Read more

A:Hard Drive Clicking then freezing computer. overheating? Too much load? Bad drive?

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My comp froze a few days ago and after rebooting I received this error: UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME. I ran chkdsk and that had seemed to solve the problem only to have it pop up again yesterday, along with a DELAYED WRITE FAILURE message and a KERNAL DATA INPAGE ERROR message. My AVG virus scan detected what it claimed to be a virus today but would not let me quarantine it. Any possible fixes?

I've looked around a few message boards and read that it may be signs of a hard drive failure. If so, any quick ways to back up the data besides copying it to and external HD or to dvd (I have a 100GB drive)?

Here are the specs:
Dell XPS Gen2 Laptop
2.0 Ghz intel Mobile Centrino
100GB Fujitsu HD
1.0 GB RAM
XP Home SP2 OS
 

A:Multiple errors!! Possible hard drive failure??

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Recently my computer has been occasionally freezing while I've been browsing online. It doesn't actually get to the point of BSOD but programs will stop working and I eventually won't be able to close or open anything, including task manager.

I tried running CHKDSK to see if that could fix things, (it has crashed since then unfortuantely), doing so somehow filled up my hard drive. I went from having around 700 GB free to only having a couple hundred MBs free. I tried this two more times.

I've attached the dump log as requested as well as the three logs of the CHKDSK that I found in event viewer.

Thanks!

A:Random Freezing Lenovo Y580, Possible Hard Drive errors

Code:
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
Cleaning up instance tags for file 0x1bead.
451328 file records processed.

File verification completed.
807 large file records processed.

0 bad file records processed.

0 EA records processed.

60 reparse records processed.

CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
580808 index entries processed.

Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.

0 unindexed files recovered.

CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
451328 file SDs/SIDs processed.

Cleaning up 604 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 604 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 604 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
64741 data files processed.

CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
35120152 USN bytes processed.

Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
451312 files processed. ... Read more

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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when i turn on my comp when it is detecting my hard drive/cd rom drive, it makes this staticky sound that is loud, then it gets to the next screen where it shows all the irq's of all the devices and under that it says invalid boot disk press enter to continue, or something. then after the comp is on for about 5 mins or so it makes a clicking sound for about 10 secs, then it goes back to the staticky sound, this happend when i first booted up my comp today, i dont know if my brother/sister ****ed around with my comp or something, but how could this of happened?

i know that its my HD because when i unplug it and try to boot up, it doesnt make a sound.
 

A:hard drive boot up errors :(

Sounds like your hard disk is screwed if it is making that kind of noise, you can try redetetecting the drive in your BIOS but if its making loud noises I wouldn't hold out much hope
 

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Hello Everyone. I have a Sony Vaio PCG-FXA53 Notebook running WinXP SP2. I haven't been comfortable yet downloading SP3 and that's why I haven't. I've heard of people having a lot of problems with it. The computer has a 30GB hard drive, 256MB Ram and is an AMD AthlonXP 1500 chip. I pretty much only use it for Internet. I normally use the Firefox browser.

Today, while on eBay, I noticed the hard drive having an extreme amount of activity, so much that I couldn't use the mouse or scroll. After a while, I could, but it was intermittant. It kept happening so I pressed "ctrl-alt-delete" ONE TIME to bring up task manager because I was going to shut down Firefox. Well, nothing happened right away except continued hard drive activity. Eventually, minutes later, task manager came up and I saw at least 30 instances of task manager running and in the system tray. I started ending task manager processes one by one for all the task managers until I regained control of my system.

This is not the first time this has happened. Two other times I remember well, both times on eBay, it did exactly the same thing with a lot of hard drive activity to the point that everything was frozen and me pressing "ctrl-alt-delete" once to bring up task manager and seeing a whole bunch of them running all at once and then shutting them down one by one. I might say that ALL of these instances have happened since eBay went to the new Java format. It never happene... Read more

A:Multiple Instances of TASK MANAGER & Extreme Hard Drive Activity/Freezing

Your problem is the amount of installed Ram (256mb) XP needs a minimum of 512mb, but 1gb to run smoothly, the reason your hard drive is thrashing is XP is using it for virtual memory because you don't have enough memory installed.
 

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan
 

A:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
 

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Recently got over a number of problems with RAM and Such, got the computer the post successfully, however im having a problem with hard drives now.

I have a range of Hard drives, different makes, models and sizes, however when i went to use my main HDD the computer will post, then ask me to start windows normally, afterwards it will blue screen and restart the system.

At first i though it was a faulty hard drive so i removed it and tried another, same problem, and finally another brand new HDD and still the same BSOD Crash and restart.

Im just wondering if anyone had encountered this problem before, and if its something to do with the HDD's or another component.

Motherboard: ASRock G41M-GS
Hard Drives have all been IDE connector
1 GB Kingston RAM
 

A:Multiple Hard Drive Failure on Boot

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I am pleased to announce that as of midnight, Monday night, the new computer was finished. A couple hours on Saturday and a couple on Sunday. Spent last night getting the non-essential peripherals installed and all the necessary software. I'm already running sp2 without a hitch!

I can't thank you guys for all of your help and support. I am so happy with everything. Now I need to start planning for "the upgrade". Okay, so maybe I'll take a little break.

I do need to divvy up the hard drives. I'll be using the maxtor 60gig/133, I'm giving the kids the wd 80 gig/100. We've talked before about the logistics of running 2 "systems" in the same box. I need to clone the boot drive (which is the maxtor, master), I can't just copy it, correct? I want the system to boot from the wd (slave), and have my drive password protected. I understand I need to go into bios and change the boot drive, but how will I access my drive when it boots?

I am thinking of Acronis for the cloning and a software (Symon 3) for the booting. Can I leave my folder of backups on the slave drive when I clone onto it. Also, do I want to keep the Maxtor as the master, and the Western Digital as the slave. If I partition their harddrive, would I need to clone the o/s onto each partition and use up valuable space?

Again, the reason I'm doing this is basically so their crap and spyware doesn't fill up my hardrive. Is this enough to protect my harddriv... Read more

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I'm wondering if this is at all possible on an external HARD DRIVE, not FLASH STICK.

I'd like to be able to take a large external hard drive, and partition the first 20% to use for boot images with some kind of boot loader, and the rest for data partitions.

Otherwise, can someone help me find an article to show how to get the following onto a usb flash drive along with a boot loader (and how big of a flash drive do i need?)

-ubuntu live environment
-bart PE
-ultimatebootcd
-disk wipe
-windows xp install
 

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      Hello!
 
      I am looking to fix a laptop that has barely been used since the purchase date. It is showing many indicators of a dying HDD and I would like to fix it sometime later this week.
 
      I do not care for any of the information on said laptop, as I am just looking to quickly fix it up so I can give it to my sister as an early birthday gift. With this given information, I do not mind having to put a new OS onto the laptop. This laptop did not come with recovery discs, so obtaining a new OS is something I would like some assistance with as well. Also, there is no more valid warranty on it either.
 
      This laptop is a few years old and has been showing this error since the purchase date:
Windows has detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace your disk.
 
      The laptop runs rather sluggishly, so I have it powered off at the moment to prevent any critical errors or a disk failure.
 
      I will post back in a day or two with the laptop specs and such information.
 
      Thanks for any assistance, I really appreciate it.

A:ASUS Laptop has Hard Drive errors, post boot-up.

Did the computer come pre-installed with Windows 8? If the drive is failing I would purchase a new one and use the Windows 8 media creation tool to install the OS fresh. Windows 8 it will auto-activate once online as the key is embedded in firmware on any OEM with Windows 8 pre-installed. 
 
You can verify if the drive is bad by downloading UBCD. Burn the iso to disk and at the menu select HDD > Diagnosis. Use Seatools for DOS and run the short/long tests. You may need to disable SecureBoot in UEFI settings in order to boot UBCD. Legacy or CSM boot may need to be enabled also. If there is a Fastboot/Quickboot setting it should also be disabled.
 
If Seatools for DOS does not detect the drive then at the UBCD menu select Parted Magic. At the desktop click on Disk Health and run the short/long tests.
 
The model of the ASUS would be helpful
 
If the drive passes you can also do a factory reset within Windows as long as the factory reset partition is intact. 
 
https://www.asus.com/support/faq/1006133

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      Hello!
 
      I am looking to fix a laptop that has barely been used since the purchase date. It is showing many indicators of a dying HDD and I would like to fix it sometime later this week.
 
      I do not care for any of the information on said laptop, as I am just looking to quickly fix it up so I can give it to my sister as an early birthday gift. With this given information, I do not mind having to put a new OS onto the laptop. This laptop did not come with recovery discs, so obtaining a new OS is something I would like some assistance with as well. Also, there is no more valid warranty on it either.
 
      This laptop is a few years old and has been showing this error since the purchase date:
Windows has detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace your disk.
 
      The laptop runs rather sluggishly, so I have it powered off at the moment to prevent any critical errors or a disk failure.
 
      I will post back in a day or two with the laptop specs and such information.
 
      Thanks for any assistance, I really appreciate it.

A:ASUS Laptop has Hard Drive errors, post boot-up.

Did the computer come pre-installed with Windows 8? If the drive is failing I would purchase a new one and use the Windows 8 media creation tool to install the OS fresh. Windows 8 it will auto-activate once online as the key is embedded in firmware on any OEM with Windows 8 pre-installed. 
 
You can verify if the drive is bad by downloading UBCD. Burn the iso to disk and at the menu select HDD > Diagnosis. Use Seatools for DOS and run the short/long tests. You may need to disable SecureBoot in UEFI settings in order to boot UBCD. Legacy or CSM boot may need to be enabled also. If there is a Fastboot/Quickboot setting it should also be disabled.
 
If Seatools for DOS does not detect the drive then at the UBCD menu select Parted Magic. At the desktop click on Disk Health and run the short/long tests.
 
The model of the ASUS would be helpful
 
If the drive passes you can also do a factory reset within Windows as long as the factory reset partition is intact. 
 
https://www.asus.com/support/faq/1006133

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)
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In detail :


'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free



'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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Basically, I have several bootable CDs of various tools that I use - windows xp, ultimate boot cd, memory testers, linux, etc.

I am wondering if it is at all possible to take an external hard drive, with a partition formatted in FAT32, and put multiple images on it, as mentioned above, and have a 'boot menu' that will allow me to select which image to continue with...

my BIOS support booting from usb drives, and I'd rather not to have a bunch of 2gb usb flash drives for each image.

Thanks
 

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Morning......

My daughters boyfriends PC appears to have a problem with the MBR. I have tried to fix it with FDISK /MBR but this did not work. He cannot find the original Windows 2000 installation disk to do a repair at the moment.

I can back up all his documents etc to my PC.

If I was to do a complete reformat of the hard drive, is it likely a new installation will have a working MBR or is it likely the error will remain.

Any other suggestions to fix the error also gratefully received.

Thank you
 

A:Will re-formatting hard drive remove errors in Master Boot Record

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.
 

A:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.
 

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Hello all,

Specs:
Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?
Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Well, I've been having this problem for a while, but now it's getting a bit out of hand. When I go to stand-by and get out of stand-by, it says 'Unable to read/write from drive C:' and other times (just regular surfing, playing CS, etc) the HD locks up for about 10 secs. It also does a thing I'd like to call "HD-turns-off-then-turns-back-on-again-with-a-grinding-sound".

I've tried reformatting which had some '...trying to recover' errors. And I've tried ScanDisk on thorough A LOT of times and it came up with some bad sectors on some of the scans. I've also tried Western Digital's disk drive utils. but it has some weird error now saying the IDE isnt plugged in correctly, but it is.

Specs:
Win98
40GB Western Digital HD
[ I won't say all the other specs. I don't want to intimidate other people ^_^; ]
 

A:Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

Hi trunten

A grinding sound with a hard drive and many bad sectors is not good. It sounds like your drive has bit the dust. Since it is 40 gig there is a good chance that it is still under a warranty as most hard drives come with at least a 1 year warranty and many have a three year warranty. You could recheck the drives jumpers (master/slave) and reseat the data cable but I don't think that will help. BOL
 

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A day after installation of the sytem, the hard drive start to "click" every two seconds. Run dianogstic but show no problem. But "clicking"definitely indicate the hard drive is failing.  Dont want the hard drive to fail after more data is stored. Call HP and logged an case number and they replied the on site technical team will call within 3 working days to arrange on site inspection and possible replace of hard drive. 7 days gone and no reply from HP. Anyone experience similar problem?  And bad service from HP? Unsatisfied customer 

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My hard drive has begun making a fast clicking sound, with alternating pitches. It sounds like a fast pendulum clock or turn signal. no clue how it started. Doesn't sound abbrasive, just really weird. The hdd had been making a strange, really quiet, scratching sound, just on occasion. Now when I boot, the computer holds at POST and ticks like a freak'n bomb. Is it on it's way out?

Got any ideas? Help!
 

A:help! hard drive clicking!

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I have a Maxtor 6Y080LO. It is an 80GB 7200rpm 8mb cache.

It regularly makes a loud CLICK sound. For example, if I open up MS word, ka-*****. Open exel, Ka-*****. CLose word, ka-*****.

I run the software provided by maxtor to test the HD and it says the drive has no errors.

I spoke with Maxtor and they said it sounds like a failed HD, so they replaced it. Now I have a new one, and the exact same problem. Any ideas? Should I get it replaced again?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Hard Drive Clicking

yep,

This sounds like you may have another bad HD, maybe the RMA''d drives came from a bad batch, but like Rick said I would get another drive
 

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I was running an iomega 320GB external hard drive on an old, slow computer with windows xp with 700mb ram for around a year when it started to lag when watching films or otherwise using a file on the hard drive and make a beeping noise. I'd get error messages saying "Delayed Write Failed" and the drive would not show up in My Computer.
I read somewhere about a virus which was something to do with an autorun file?
Numerous online virus scans turned up nothing, so I assumed the drive was about to die and bought a Seagate 1tb drive to replace it.
I copied all the files over and still get the same results. No "Delayed Write Failed" errors but still when I am watching things the drive 'clicks' and the film pauses for a few moments. It always resumes but it's really *REALLY* irritating.

I asked around at work and the general consensus was that the computer I was using was too old/slow to support the drive so I bought myself a new desktop with 4gb ram, 2.70GHZ processor and Windows 7.
Sure enough, when I go to use the drive the same thing happens!
Could it be a virus, as I have transferred the filed from the original disk? Please PLEASE help!!! It's driving me mad.
 

A:My hard drive keeps clicking!!

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After successfully being helped by the kind members here i have yet another problem that i hope you can help with.

Over the last 36 hours i have noticed a 'clicking' noise that i believe is coming from one of my hard drives.
The hard part is trying to describe it, all i can say is it sounds like a light switch being turned on/off.
Ive searched and found different sites that have recordings of hard drive noises to try and compare but none sound like what i have.
Im still trying to find a way of recording it to possibly post if that helps.

Ive checked the fans to see if it was coming from one of those but dont think it is.

The problem doesn't happen all the time but more often then not if i'm writing to the disc or an update is happening etc

I have 3 hard drives
1. Maxtor 300GB 2 partitions with OS Windows 7 installed
2. Western digital 640GB 6 partitions (Storage)
3. Western Digital 640GB (Storage)
The Maxtor is the older of the three but all have passed Health tests from Hard Drive Inspector, SeaTools and HD Sentinel

I did have one BSOD yesterday but nothing since so not sure if its related?

A:Hard Drive Clicking?

Hello again gbu,

The sounds you are hearing are possibly symptomatic of a hard disk in poor health. There are a few things we can do to analyze it further, but first thing is first:

Backup up all your data from that disk immediately

Post back here once you have done that.

regards,
golden

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Please help. On June 2, 2005, my computer reboot itself. When it came back, there was a dos error message "No operating system found. Press any key..." The hard drive just clicks, and clicks, and clicks. I am using Windows XP on a Compaq Presario 5 series. Any ideas?
TIA
 

A:Clicking hard drive

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I had a problem with my hard drives before, they were making a loud clicking noise. So, I took them out and bought a brand new WD hd. I installed Windows XP, and everything was working fine, then I tried playing one of my video games, and the hd started making that loud clicking noise. What could be my problem, is it my mobo or video card, cause I know it can't be my brand new hard drive. I have a Gigabyte mobo, an ati radeon 9800 pro vid card, an amd 2600+ processor, with 1 gb of ram.
 

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Recently got this problem where my hard drive keeps making this clicking noise and did some research on it. Solution is to replace the hard drive and stuff but I was thinking if I can take the hard drive from my old Toshiba laptop and put it into my Hp envy laptop ( which has the clicking hard drive problem). I don't care if I lose everything on the hard drive, I just want a computer that can function correctly, but I would like to know is there anything I need to do besides just taking one out and putting it in the other..So like if I need to buy a new Windows cd and what kind..?
 

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Hello!
I have this issue with my laptop, I never paid much attention to it, but someone I know has a laptop that just crashed and might be experiencing the same "problem".

My hard drives makes a little clicking noise. It's hard to explain, but it's just a single click, about once every 10-20 seconds. A bit like the clicking sound that you hear when clicking on the button of your mouse, except it's coming from the hard drive.

I've browsed around, but haven't been able to identify what the problem might be.
It might be "head parking", but I don't know what that would sound like.

Does anyone know where I can find a clip of "head parking" so that I can compare?

And is that normal?
 

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Hello, My Hard drive makes a clicking noise when I try to start it up.

It can not detect the hard drive when i try to start the computer.
The way this happened was my wife threw a bottle of canned air at my computer, it hit a section of the computer where no devices are located, just metal framing.

My questions are:

Is my hard drive broken and I am just completely out of luck and need to replace it?

Is there a way for me to fix the hard drive, either internally or externally?

Are there other possible problems causing this issue, or other solutions I maybe haven't looked at?
 

A:Hard Drive is clicking

Was the PC on when the can of air hit
 

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So I looked around for a bit.. but didn't get any results for my problem.

I recently bought an external hard drive kit and was going to put in a relatively new maxtor hard drive that I have probably only used for a compiled 100 hours or so.

It ends up not working and then now I can't have the hard drive plugged in at all (whether or not its in the external case or hooked up directly to my computer) and won't let the computer boot when it is plugged in.

On top of this, it's making the strangest noises I've ever heard from a hard drive. It sort of goes beep click, beep click, beep click, over and over and won't let the computer go past the motherboard logo!!

Help : (
 

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it's gone
need of data recovery for lost drives
PM me
 

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Hard drive just started making random clicking sounds today. Ran hijack this.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.3 (BETA)
Scan saved at 2:51:06 PM, on 9/21/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\ZuneBusEnum.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\Intel(R) Quick Resume Technology Drivers\Elservice.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
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A:Clicking sound in hard drive

may want to back up your data asap.......generally a hard drive clicking is the sound it makes immediately prior to dying...you can google the 'click of death'.......
 

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Hello, thank you for reading this! My problem started when I was downloading some music and running winamp at the same time. I wen to add some files to winamp, when the computer froze. I am running Win/2000, so i hit ctr-alt-del to see what was the problem. The computer did not respond immediately, so I stepped away for 30 minutes. When I returned, the system had core dumped. I restarted the system and when I did, the hard drive clicked once -*click *click - and then again - *click *click - Then the system said that there was no operating system found. I checked all connections and tried again, but no luck. I took out the HD and attached it as a slave in my other computer and the system would not boot with it in there. Could someone please steer me in the right direction. Thanks.
 

A:Hard Drive Clicking and not Recognized

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Sounds like the HDD has died unfortunately.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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Hi All

I have a Windows 7 laptop (11 months old) and have had no trouble until last week when i tried to download the new IOS 4.2 for my Ipad.I left the PC running, and downloading the file fine, but when i returned, the screen was black with a message saying disk cable loose, no bootable options

I rebooted the PC, and now every time i try to download a file from the internet that is bigger than a couple of MB, it crashes to a BSOD. The hard drive has started to click slightly when i am downloading/installing files/programs.

Can anyone help please?

Cheers

Billy

A:BSOD & Clicking Hard Drive

Clicking HDD is not good, get it back where you bought it while it's under warranty.

You probably have lost all data too, hope it's backed up, same thing happened to me and l started to back up after that.

Good luck

John

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Hello sevenforums~ im new here.. i hope u guys can help me with my problem.. When fresh restart, my pc wont BSOD even i right click my e.g Drive C: . but after (probably an hour of using pc) i tried to right click the drive C: and it gives me BSOD. i got this error after rebooting

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:

BCCode: fc
BCP1: 8D08B9C0
BCP2: 05C5B963
BCP3: 8D08B82C
BCP4: 00000002
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 256_1

Can anyone pinpoint what caused the problem? thank you

A:BSOD after right clicking any hard drive

Hi.

In this order,

Remove any virtual driver software,like daemon tools,alcohol120%.....

Download http://duplexsecure.com/download/SPTDinst-v179-x86.exe run it and click uninstall to remove the sptd from your system. The minidump analysis points sptd for your computer crash\bsod.

For virtual drive software you can use the http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/mi...c-overview.htm

You need to update these old software\drivers.


Code:
TBPANEL.SYS 0x9cf9f000 0x9cfa02c0 0x000012c0 0x3d41d4b0 27-Jul-02 1:01:04 πμ
ASACPI.sys 0x8ec84000 0x8ec85420 0x00001420 0x411c2d04 13-Aug-04 4:52:52 πμ
seehcri.sys 0x9060d000 0x90612f00 0x00005f00 0x478488c1 09-Jan-08 10:41:37 πμ
btnetdrv.sys 0x9060b000 0x9060cf00 0x00001f00 0x4794816f 21-Jan-08 1:26:39 μμ
VcommMgr.sys 0x9073d000 0x90742b00 0x00005b00 0x486b26ba 02-Jul-08 8:56:58 πμ
IvtBtBus.sys 0x90743000 0x90747c80 0x00004c80 0x486b26ce 02-Jul-08 8:57:18 πμ
BtHidBus.sys 0x8991c000 0x8991f680 0x00003680 0x4891b394 31-Jul-08 2:44:04 μμ
nvm62x32.sys 0x8ed45000 0x8ed99c80 0x00054c80 0x48f8fcf7 17-Oct-08 11:00:39 μμ
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Folks,  My Laptop is an HP Pavilion V2Z45AV with a 2TB harddisk from Seagate - Samsung, ST2000LM003 HN-M201RAD (Win10 Home 64bit). I solved the problem of the HDD that was making such a clicking, creaking, squeak noise randomly every few minutes. this post of me might be useful : http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Solved-HDD-making-clicking-crea... Success!!

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Hey guys when I boot my pc my main hd is making a clicking sound, and won't detect the HD. After a few tries I can get into windows. But it seems it's on it's last leg. I would like to make an image of this drive for another hd before it completely dies, any recomdations for software that can do this?

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A:Hard Drive clicking sound!!!

Hello Hastyle,

You could use Windows 7's built-in feature to create a system image on another hard drive, then do a system image recovery later to the new hard drive.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Okay this girl I am talking to asked me to fix her laptop because it was supposedly infected with viruses and WOW that was an under statement. As I was doing this, every so often I would hear some sort of clicking noise. I am very familiar with the sound of a hard drive failing and I don't feel it is it but I kind of do. The thing is when I tap the small fan the noise normally stops. So question; what advice should I give this girl 1. It is fine it is just the fan. 2. Take it into somewhere and have it checked out.

P.S. I can't physically take it apart.
 

A:Clicking Noise? Hard Drive or Fan?

You usually do not need to disassemble much to remove the HDD. If you pull it out and either boot from a floppy or CD, or just go into Setup and play around a bit, it should get warm enough for the fans to kick in. If you still hear the noise, it's not the HDD. If not, download the HDD mfr. diags and run several passes.
 

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Sons Vista pc has started freezing and the HD is clicking

He has taken the music off and popped on my external and have a brand new hd sitting here waiting to be installed
He hasnt got a MSVista Dvd
It is an Advent pc with a recovery partition
( we have the Recovery DVD he made when he first got it }

Whats the best way to go about it please.?
|If we install the new drive and use the recovery dvd will it install Vista ??
or is it easier to clone the whole drive

Thanks for any help
i have been googling most of the afternoon but im getting confuddled
 

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Got a Dell Dimension 2400 in today. Lady told me she was getting a error message on it. Put it on the bench and it will give 2 beeps in the BIOS and then the hard drive starts clicking. It powers the Hdrive down then tells me it can not find the Primary drive. The drive is a Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 9 80 gig ATA.
She told me I could ahve the computer, but she has pictures of her kids on the drive she wants back. I don't have a clean room where I could open it up and try to adjust the drive.

Any other ideas? And I am not too keen on the freezer idea...condensation
 

A:Good old clicking hard drive

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So today I opened a game on my computer and the hard drive started clicking. So I exited out of the game and it stopped. I tried opening other games and they just froze and I had to end the exe process for the game in task manager to close it. So I tried opening a movie file (avi and wmv) and it would say windows media player encountered an error opening the file. I rebooted and everything started working again. Now, I can open games and everything runs perfectly fine, but the hard drive clicked for a little bit when opening one of my games. I opened about 12 other games on my pc and no clicking. What could be causing this and what can I do to resolve this?

Specs:
Windows 7 64 bit
8 gigs RAM
amd phenom II x4 2.8 gig processor
nvidia gtx 460 1 gig ram
 

A:Solved: Clicking Hard Drive

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Hi guys,

I purchased a MyBook Pro Edition (250GB) a while back and its been working well. However this weekend, its started clicking when I boot my laptop.

It runs fine once the laptop has booted, but Im concerned that sometime soon it will be worse than clicking and then I'll lose all my mp3s, pictures and videos etc.

Any advice? I've read of similar problems on here, but with error messages and and recognition problems. But never when its still working ok.

Thanks in advance

Greg
 

A:External Hard Drive is clicking?

HDD Clicking is never a good sign.

You may want to run Western Digital's diagnostic software, it can be found here:

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=103&sid=3&lang=en

Of course, if you have any questions running it, or interpreting its results, just let us all know here.

EDIT: Before doing anything though, I highly recommend backing up your important files.
 

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Hi,

I suppose from the topic name, you already know why im a bit worried.

I had a second hand hard drive put into my laptop, The Hard drive is a Samsung HM160HC.

The problem is that occasionally it will make a quiet clicking noise, not a typical click. It is very mechanical, and sounds very much like something is being flicked. I have had Hardware checks done on it from the Bios (not in windows) and the computer recognises it as fully functioning.

I have been advised that there shouldnt be anything to worry about. But Im here looking for a few other opinions.

Thankyou
 

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Please delete this thread. I figured this out myself
 

A:Solved: Hard drive clicking

You can mark it solved.
 

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