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Laptop Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises

Q: Laptop Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises

I have a Compaq laptop that had a bad hard drive (a 40gb Seagate Momentus 4200.2). I replaced the HD and reinstalled the OS and laptop is working fine. But I'm wondering what's wrong with the old HD and if it can be fixed. If I connect it to my desktop, using my "S-ATA&IDE-to-USB" adapter, the HD spins-up but just makes continuous clicking noise and is not recognized as a new device by the desktop's XP operating system. Is the hardware bad or is there a boot file that is corrupt? I'm looking for suggestions - thanks - Bill in Maryland

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Hello, Could you give me the first ten characters of the computer serial number (S/N)? Only the first ten.

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I have built a new gaming pc a few months now, I noticed that my hard drive makes noises when I boot the system for a few seconds then it stops. I have games and personal data saved on my WD 1 TB PC Hard Drive - Blue and windows 10 is running from my Kington ssd drive. Is this a sign of a dying hard drive because hard drives shouldn't make that noise. I have ran disk check and found no errors on the drive, the drive is working fine. Should I get a replacement coz its still under warranty??????????

A:My hard drive makes mechanical noises at startup?????????

I'd switch to a WD Black series ... 5yr warranty ... dual platter supports.
How many hours on the drive ???
Samsung or WD Blue SSDs are better for the next time.

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My computer has a slow start up, and after its done, you know the noise you hear when you click something, it prosses that, well i hear that like ever hhalf second. duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, and when i watch videos, its skipps every half second, programs load slow, i do cleanup! and xoftscan and alot of other things, can see whats wrong? thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:48:12 PM, on 1/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\shwiconem.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
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The harddrive makes this chirping noise for about 20 seconds when I power on the computer, please see the link.

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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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All of a sudden, my main desktop freezes today while on a webpage, then I can't do anything but power off. When I try to reboot, I get a Disk Boot Error message and the BIOS doesn't recognize the hard disk. To make matters worse, my external backup usb drive won't install on either of my two other systems (just to check it's integrity), as I get a "Device not installed properly" message and it can't be viewed in My Computer.

If I try to reinstall Windows XP, during the install, it doesn't see any hard drive. If I leave my USB external drive attached while trying to install XP on the main internal drive, it does see that external drive and the correct capacity and free space, but can't access it otherwise.

Should I try the freezer trick on the hard drive? If recommended, how long do I leave in the freezer and do I just put it back in the system and try to reboot while it's still cold or do I let it warm back to room temperature first? If that fails, any other suggestions before I head to a store for two new drives?


A:Hard drive clicking, making grinding noises

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Can anyone help me with this? I have a Gateway with Windows XP that is about three years old, and a three or four year old Compaq monitor. Yesterday my computer was doing fine. Now it is making a clicking noise (a series of short, fast clicks that come immediately one after the other) whenever I turn it on, and after a few seconds of having a normal screen, everything becomes tinted blue. Additionally, any time the mouse pointer passes over something, that program is opened in about 10 to 30 separate windows whether or not I clicked on it. I can't turn it off the proper way either, because whenever the mouse hovers over "turn off computer" it automatically goes to standby instead of shutting down.

The clicking noise also occurred about a year and a half ago, but it coincided with a bad virus that caused me to wipe the whole computer, and once I'd rebooted everything, the noise seemed to solve itself, so I didn't worry about it. I'm not a very hardware-savvy person and really don't know what to do here, so any advice would be extremely appreciated.

A:Computer makes clicking noises and screen is blue

I would take the side off the computer, turn it on, and see if you can isolate where the noise is coming from.

It is usually one of two things:
1. bad fan somewhere or a fan with a stray wire hitting it - move wire or replace fan
2. bad harddrive - this would be the worse scenario - hope you've been making regular backups of your important files to CD/DVD or external HDD.

If it is the HDD, then you will need to replace it and reinstall Windows and all other applications. Depending on the current condition, it may be very difficult to access or recover any files from it.

You may want to take it to a local repair shop to have it diagnosed.

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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)

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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'll try to explain what happened as quickly and clearly as possible. I have had a lot of problems with my cpu overheating (the room its in can get very hot), and when it shut down for the last time it wouldnt boot anymore, no error beeps but lights and fans would turn on. then the fans in the PSU stopped working and shortly afterwards it blew up. computer specs at the time were:-
PSU: Codegen 550w
m/b: abit nf7-s m/b (not sure of bios version)
cpu: amd xp2800
ram: 2 x corsair PC3200 512mb
Video: MSI Geforce Ti4200 128mb
HDD's: 1x120gb Seagate Baracuda (ST3120026A), 1x200gb Seagate Baracuda (ST3200822A), and 1x200gb Western Digital Caviar (WD2000JB - 00FUA0)

after replacing the PSU, and testing each piece of hardware, it was determined that the m/b was faulty as CPU RAM and everything else worked on other computers. replaced that and got an Asus A7N8X-X. Computer worked again, however, the Western Digital HDD started reported errors and chkdsk tried to fix them however it would hang. I would skip that and get into windows and it kept momentarily freezing, and whenever accessing files on that HDD it would pause all the time, but files like mp3's and movie files still played. tried running norton disk doctor but that froze on me. and then windows stopped booting. The HDD would then start making bad clicking sounds like it was jammed or scratching or something, and sometimes it would show up in the bios but most of the time it would just freeze. an... Read more

A:200gb hdd makes clicking noises and doesnt boot, need to recover data if possible

Whoa, Whoa! Back up a bit!
You have a very plenty hard drive space, why three hard disk, you would only need two or one! the clicking and whining from hard drive is normal <especially from Western Digital Caviar Hard disks> here some suggestion... start with one of hard disk that boot OS, place it in master with IDE1. put ST3200822A in slave along IDE1. put your optical drive (cdrom/rw/dvdrom/rw) in master along IDE2. Add WD2000JB in slave along IDE2.

Consider to purchase low profile high perfomance copper heatsink for your amd xp +2800. if it wont work, pull either one of 200gb hard disk and store it for later use.


P.S. it has nothing to do with your ram. you would need to update with os. Sound like you have hdd detection problem. I think you are in windows 98se. go to microsoft.com and type the search box = kb263044. download it and you are good to go.

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I have had my computer for about six months, and the last few days I have noticed a faint clicking sound coming from it after it has been turned off. It is a continuous, rapid clicking noise, almost like someone tapping a key on a keyboard. I opened the case tonight and determined that the sound is coming from the hard drive. It stopped when I unplugged the power cable and did not restart when I plugged it back in. What could this sound be?

A:Hard drive makes clicking sound when computer is off

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I have -- "had" -- two SimpleTech external hard drives. One I purchased last year, 320G, and it worked perfectly. But it had an adaptor, and I was getting tired of all the wires cluttering my small computer desk, so I wanted to buy an external hard drive powered by USB only. So last week, I bought a Signature Mini, also by SimpleTech, that was capable of being powered by USB. After formatting it MS-DOS, following the instructions to prep it for use on both Macs and PCs, I transferred all my files from the old drive to the new drive. Then, since I have a Macbook, I used Disk Utility > Zero All Data, to erase all the data from my old drive -- data, which had successfully transferred to my new drive. I planned to give this old drive to my dad.

Using my other laptop which has Windows XP, I began to download some of my data from an online storage website that is going to shut down in about a month. I downloaded these files directly into my new external hard drive, and left the download running overnight.

The next morning, the download was finished, so I unplugged the new drive and plugged it back into my MacBook. The new drive began making clicking noises, and it wasn't showing up on my desktop. I immediately knew that these noises meant an internal hardware problem, so I unplugged the drive immediately. Since then, I have occasionally plugged the new drive in just to see if the problem possibly corrected itself, but it still makes clicking noises and refuses t... Read more

A:External Hard Drive: "Zero" Erasure and Clicking Noises

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my laptop makes a noise like a horn and sometimes the noise changes when I run a program called GoogleChrome Portable

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You might try looking at Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Sound>Sounds > Scroll down and select various choices,> Click Apply

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I just bought a toshiba laptop I think it is a toshiba a63
well every once in a while the hard drive will make a hard "tap" or click sound
Like a watch or ring that hit a piece of wood.
Then the computer will lag for about 1 sec
Is this normal with a laptop?
Or is the drive bad?
Thx Nick_02

A:Solved: Laptop hard drive noises

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Ive had my laptop for about a year and a half now and jus today when i played a dvd, it makes this loud noise when i watch them but goes away when i stop... whats wrong with it???

A:laptop makes noises when playing dvd

What kind of "loud noise"? If it's the sound of the disk spinning, you may have live with it. Does it do it with all DVD's? Maybe you have one that's out of balance.

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Dell Vostro 1500
Windows XP SP3
Anti-virus: Norton 360

I have a situation that is very annoying on my laptop. At random times, a icon at the bottom right (near time) would pop up "FFA". When it pops that up, it makes an audio through the speaker like a car revving an engine or monkey noises. I tried doing a search but couldn't find the solution. I have the Norton 360 which didn't even find the virus / malware / etc.. Nor is it preventing it from going off.

I tried doing a search for a solution on google and stumbled upon this website. I did a combofix search that I read on this website.

I also have a combofix log. Let me know if you need that information. I can post it here if moderators let me.

Let me know, thanks! I will be checking this thread daily so I will reply to replies a.s.a.p.!

A:Laptop makes car audio noises through speakers

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Hello i got my pc about 8 months ago and then 3 months ago my first hard drive that i put the only one i had started to make a clicking noise then it started to freeze and stop and stuff so i saved up and got a new one 2 weeks ago and now my new one is doing it I do not know what wrong with them i know its them as its the same type of noise could any one help
1TB hitachi 7200RPM 64mb cache
1TB Western digital 7200RPM 64mb cache
that is my hard drives

A:I am Having issues with my hard drives/ clicking noises!

Clicking means your drive is about to die. If you can, save what files you can on DVD data disk. Sometimes placing the actual drive in the freezer overnight and next morning reinserting it into the computer will give you enough time to retrieve everything.

But the clicking is the drive dying. You don't have much time.

I do hope you've been backing up regularly.

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I just got a new laptop DELL INSPIRON 15R N5110 (i3 processor, 3GB ram, 500 GB hard disk) 2 days back... Suddenly the system started lagging and it hanged last day... When i tried 2 restart, it said there is an error in loading d hard disk... It asked me 2 boot several times... The laptop now have started making clicking noises. Its now even getting heated up also... I aint able to restart it now...

I ve my documents saved on d laptop in a separate drive... (I had partioned d drive as C and D where D is for my peronal data)

I m worried wat i must do now... I m very much concerened about the data which is present in d laptop now.. Will i be able 2 retrieve it back??? How should i repair it?

Please advice...

A:Clicking noises 4m the laptop???

Please do not double post on the same problem.

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Dell Vostro 1500
Windows XP SP3
Anti-virus: Norton 360
I have a situation that is very annoying on my laptop. At random times, a icon at the bottom right (near time) would pop up "FFA". When it pops that up, it makes an audio through the speaker like a car revving an engine or monkey noises. I tried doing a search but couldn't find the solution. I have the Norton 360 which didn't even find the virus / malware / etc.. Nor is it preventing it from going off.

I tried doing a search for a solution on google and stumbled upon this website. I did a combofix search that I read on this website. Here is my log:

ComboFix 09-03-30.02 - Andybear 2009-03-30 23:25:19.1 - NTFSx86
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3582.2885 [GMT -7:00]
Running from: c:\documents and settings\Andybear\Desktop\ComboFix.exe
AV: Norton 360 *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated)
FW: Norton 360 *disabled*
* Created a new restore point

((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2009-02-28 to 2009-03-31 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

2009-03-27 09:31 . 2009-03-27 09:31 <DIR> d-------- c:\windows\system32\N360_BACKUP
2009-03-26 23:30 . 2009-03-26 23:30 <DIR> d-------- c:\program files\Windows Sidebar
2009-03-26 23:30 . 2009-03-27 00:17 <DIR> d-------- c:\program files\Norton 360
2009-03-26 23:29 . 2009-03-26 23:44 124,464 --a------ c:\windows\system32\drivers\SYMEVENT.SYS
2009-03-26 23:29 . 2009-03-26 23:44 60,808 --a--... Read more

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A new laptop's empty DVD drive/tray makes a short little noise whenever the computer is turned on or woken from sleep, as well as randomly during use. When the DVD tray is open, the noise doesn't happen.
Could it point to something unsafe in the computer, or is it just another harmless annoyance that I can get used to and ignore (like fan noise in other computers, etc.)?

Thank you.

A:New Asus empty DVD drive makes noises. Safe?

Just an annoyance. Won't hurt anything.

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i just got the replacement toshiba lightscribe drive in the mail yesterday and it plays EVERYTHING fine but will NOT write without making u think the drive is about to self destruct. it gives off these weird crunching sounds like the drive is laboring really bad and it takes a minute for it to eject when this happens. can anyone help me before i call HP tomorrow and rip them a new one? unless im overlooking somethin i'd say i got a faulty drive.......AGAIN.

A:Solved: DVD/CD-R drive makes weird noises when writing

Don't write at max speed. Better test with lower speed option 16x or 24x. If it is again producing sound then call for ur h/w vendor. Try good quality media while writing not the cheaper one.

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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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I sometimes used an old Dell Laptop just for my own enjoyment and it would run Windows 7. Then all of a sudden the Laptop stopped working. Whenever I tried to boot it up the screen/monitor wouldn't turn on and it would make a beeping sound. I decided to throw the laptop out because it wasn't useful anymore, but I would really want to know what the problem actually was. Also, since I've had the computer for quite sometime I suppose it was about time I had thrown it out.. 

A:Laptop not working. Monitor broken? Makes weird noises..

The beeps might have meaning.  What is the model of the Dell laptop?  And what is the pattern of the beeping sound?

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Here's a video. https://www.dropbox.com/s/safnkf9usq...%2002.mov?dl=0

Please advise what the issue might be?

I know I don't have the USB cable attached in the video but that doesn't make any difference.

Also I notice there's two pins next to the power connector, should this have a jumper, I have the caddy / docking station plugged into my MacBook via USB ?


A:Satellite P300 2TB sata drive makes 6 noises in repetition


I'm having the same issue with this product. I've got the drive plugged in with sata and power, but it makes the 6 noises and won't appear in the Bios so is currently unusable. Did you fix the issue?

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I have an IBM ThinkPad X40 running Windows XP. About a month ago, it crashed and went into a rebooting cycle, which I interrupted with the Access IBM button. After running diagnostics from there, I rebooted the laptop and it worked fine (except that the graphics driver had mysteriously disappeared; I reinstalled it.) But the next time I used the computer, after a few minutes not doing anything unusual it began to make clicking noises and slowed down considerably. This has been happening every few days since then. The sound is typically one to three soft clicks followed by four loud ones. I would appreciate any advice on how to make this all stop. Thank you!

A:Laptop making clicking noises and slowing down

The sound you describe is highly suggestive of an imminent hard drive failure.

Make sure all important documents and images etc are backed up immediately to storage off the hard drive.

Replacement of the hard drive is usually quite straightforward, but will require a full reinstallation of Windows.

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Aloha everyone.

I just bought a Dell Inspiron laptop 17i17RM-2419sLV almost a month ago. Today the computer has started making a soft clicking noise that goes in sync with the flashing hard drive light. Is my hard drive bad already? Suggestions? I'm in grad school and can't afford for this to suddenly crash on me again. I actually bought the same make/model right before this and the hard drive crashed three weeks after I bought it. It was replaced for me and now here I with a almost constantly blinking light and accompanying clicking sound. I don't know a whole lot about computers but will post hopefully some helpful info. Thank you for any suggestions!

3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3337U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.7 GHz)6 GB DDR3 RAM750 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive17.3-Inch ScreenWindows 817.3 inches

Max Screen Resolution
1600x900 pixels

1.8 GHz Intel Core i5


Hard Drive

Graphics Coprocessor
Intel HD Graphics

Wireless Type

Number of USB 2.0 Ports

Number of USB 3.0 Ports
Brand Name

Inspiron 17R

Item model number
Inspiron 17R (5721)

Operating System
Windows 8

Item Dimensions L x W x H
20.20 x 13.13 x 3.58 inches

Moon Silver

Processor Brand

Processor Count

Hard Drive Rotational Speed
5400 RPM

1 Lithium ion batteries required.

A:Dell laptop making clicking noises along with blinking hd

Is my hard drive bad already?

It doesn't sound good and I really suspect that hard drive is going bad as well. With that said, I would take this opportunity to back up all important data to a USB drive while you still can and then contact Dell support for service under warranty.

Good luck.

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Dell Vostro 1500
Windows XP SP3
Anti-virus: Norton 360

I have a situation that is very annoying on my laptop. At random times, a icon at the bottom right (near time) would pop up "FFA". When it pops that up, it makes an audio through the speaker like a car revving an engine or monkey noises. It also makes other noises but the car revving and monkey noises are the main ones I hear very often. I tried doing a search but couldn't find the solution. I have the Norton 360 which didn't even find the virus / malware / etc.. Nor is it preventing it from going off.

Let me know, thanks! I will be checking this thread daily so I will reply to replies a.s.a.p.! If I did anything wrong, please let me know as soon as possible!

My file is attached and my DDS is in the reply below

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Andybear at 17:20:29.93 on Wed 04/01/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3582.2857 [GMT -7:00]

AV: Norton 360 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: Norton 360 *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\De... Read more

A:Laptop makes random audio noises through speakers *FILES ATTACHED + LOG IN REPLY*

Bump, please

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Wondering if someone can help me? I have a brand new Sony Vaio with Vista. This computer makes a clicking noise that is the same sound as when I click on something to open it, but it makes this noise on its own (while I type this message it is doing it, when my screen saver is on and nothing is running it does it). I can't see any programs running in the back ground..... anyone know what might be the cause?


A:Laptop Makes A Clicking Sound

I've got voice recognition software on my tablet that does this constantly - I shut it off and the problem goes away!

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My under-warranty HP Notebook - 15-f387wm (Touch) (ENERGY STAR) started making a clicking noise from the front right corner where the hard drive is located.  The laptop usually freezes when this happens.  It occurs randomly, there is no discernible pattern.  The clicking even continues when the display is closed.  Call to HP Support resulted in our running the internal diagnostic programs which reported no hard drive problems. Note: when going to the Storage section of the internal diagnostic program the first problem listed is "clicking or grinding noise" so HP knows there is a problem! HP said send it in, sent me a package, I did.  It came back with a report that it had been repaired.  The HP Repair Details report says:  "Repaired (The problem was duplicated during full diagnostics)" and " Defective Commodity... Battery: Not same as expected. Reinstall Battery." The clicking has returned, clearly from the front right corner where the hard drive is, not the battery.   Here's what it sounds like: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7kOetcz6uRrdHJncmM5aUdKY28 HP is supposed to be sending me an email asking how the repair went; I'm waiting for that.  But.  So what?  Do I send it in again when in my opinion it is clear that HP knows that the problem is the hard drive but reported a "repair" by reinstalling the battery?   Several years ago to get everything ... Read more

A:Clicking from the hard drive freezes laptop, "repaired" but ...

That is a hard drive noise. Personally I would contact them and see if they will not send me a replacement hard drive and do the work myself. How you choose to handle it is your own business. 

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Oh man, twice now, after about 10 minutes of running, my laptop, makes this crackling noise, like click click click then small curls of smoke start comming out of it. I quickly turn it off and it happens again when i turn it on.

The noise and smoke is on the left hand side. It's a Gateway laptop that i've had for ~3 years. I've never had problems with it. Ever. No viruses no nothing. This came out of nowhere.

Please dont tell me it's garbage now. What do I do. I'm afraid to leave it alone while its running cause I dont want to burn the house down but I hope this is somehow fixable.

A:Laptop makes clicking noise and has smoke

I wouldn't use it anymore and take it to a PC repair shop......running it will only damage it more maybe fatally!

Left hand side could be where the Heat-sink and fan are...not sure on that model

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Hi guys,

Here is the rundown of my problem. I have a sony laptop VGN-FW560F (windows 7). I have had it since December 2009. Everything on the computer worked great until November of last year. While on an airplane going home, and while it was sitting on my lap (not the tray), it froze up while running Lightroom, Photoshop cs5, and Photomatix. I originally thought that system got hot, but I am not entirely sure... the airplane was frigid that day, and I had only been using it for about 30 minutes. It froze up, and it took FOREVER to shut down. All the programs were lagging while trying to close them. It finally shut down, we landed, I went home. When it came time to turn on the computer, it would boot up, but the second it got to the Welcome screen, it would freeze. The computer would pause for about 5 seconds, then do a rapid clicking noise (very quite (you have to be in a silent room to hear it)) for about 1 second, then freeze again. The clicking noise appears to be coming from under the "H" key, which appears (?) to not be close to the harddrive. The computer would not be able to be turned off because it seemed to go in an infinite loop of the clicking / freezing. I could boot up on safe mode, and it would finish booting and everything, but after about 20 seconds of being in windows, it would click and freeze again. It would allow me to do some stuff, but every 20 seconds or so it would freeze, click, freeze, click, freeze, click... 20 seconds of able to do som... Read more

A:Sony Laptop Makes Clicking Noise :(

first things first, get all the data that you want to keep off of that hard drive. You can purchase external USB drives very cheap these days, and it sounds as if the hard drive is going south. After that, hit the HD's mfg site and run some tests on it to see if the HD is indeed failing.

But by all accounts it sounds like the click of death; I'd get that data off (at least what you want to keep) asap.

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Suddenly I can't get past my hard drive boot up. If it boots up all the way, the screen freezes. I generally can't get past a certain point. What happens is the hard drive clicks loudly and then whistles in a descending pitch--sort of like an old guy letting out his breath with a bit of a whistle. Do I need to replace the hard drive? Can get some info off the computer?

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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 am having speed/space issues with my Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. I'm running Windows XP. The last week or so it has been taking an inordinate amount of time to bring up new windows, change tabs in Firefox, etc., even bringing up the Start Menu takes time and makes a lot of noise. I've also noticed that there is very little space left on my hard drive. I have continued to move photos to a USB key and delete old files, but the space keeps filling up, and I don't know what's causing it. I also had one incident this week where I typed a web address into Firefox (I don't remember exactly which site--something very regular like Facebook or Gmail) and it brought up a completely different site with questionable content (no, it was not a pop-up, and the page I wanted didn't load in a new tab or anything). I am putting a HijackThis log below.

Thank you much for your help!


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:46:50 AM, on 5/8/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17023)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ash... Read more

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Happens at random intervals, no rhyme nor reason that I can tell.

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Dad at 11:02:45.72 on Sun 04/04/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.163 [GMT -7:00]

AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {BCF43643-A118-4432-AEDE-D861FCBCFCDF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
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A:laptop makes random "boing" noises

nevermind, it was googlebar gmail notifier

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Hi I am having a similar problem regarding this except mine is a 3 yr old seagate barracuda 1tb hard drive..I noticed the problem recently..I tried with HD tune;it didn't detect any error..the noise is just loud enough(not loud in standard scenario) for me to get irritated..the pc actually got hung(once) last night..I am doubting my PSU as well, as it is just : 400w,20A,no effiency rating,getting loud too; not from a good recommended manufacturer,pretty old too..could it be that it is not providing enough power to the HDD..I actually run 2 hdd and a card hd6670..would be good if somebody with prior experience could explain it to me as I am considering buying a CX430/CX500 or a new HDD..

A:Hard drive noises

A good PSU is never a bad investment.

With that out of the way, you could get some software to watch your voltages. The hard drives will use the +5V and +12V rails, so watch those. A general rule of thumb is you want your measured voltage to be within + or - 10% of the rated. So the +5V should be between 4.5 and 5.5V, the 12V should be between 10.8 and 13.2V. Personally, I get a little uncomfortable if I see voltages outside of + or - 5%.

Run some benchmarks and watch the voltages, if they dip or spike outside of that 10% range you've got a problem.

I have not used this software, but it seems like it would be fine for monitoring the voltages: http://www.hwinfo.com/

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I have recently bought several new 1-TB Hard Drives. They all seem to make loud crunching noises when they are working. I have a older 500GB desktop hard drive in the computer I am using now and it is very quiet compare to the new ones. The new drives are a Seagate Barracuda 1-TB and a WD 1-TB. Is this grinding sound normal when accessing data and also the drive seems to be working sometimes even when the computer is idle.
I have run diagnostics on the drives and they all pass.

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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 resul... Read more

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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I probably know the answer to this but I'm just looking for some hope here. I started my computer today and when windows was booting my hard drive made a noise similar to that of trying to start a car that's already running. I take this as a sign my hd is ready to crash. It's a WD 80gb se, my second one. I've only had this one for about six months. The last one wouldn't work after I changed cases. I could of possibly damaged it even though I was extremly careful with everything. But it was acting kinda funny before hand. Well anyway my question is it for sure a sign my hd is going to crap or can I hope there's nothing wrong? If it does crash I think I'll stop buying wd since it would be the second time in a year one of their hds crashed on me.

A:Funny hard drive noises

This could be a sign of a HD nearing death but it may as well be just a bad sector or a driver/controller glitch.

Run a thorough (non destructive) test on your HD using the diagnostic software from WD and back up your critical data just in case.

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My 4 year old toshiba satellite is now making noises when I tilt it or put any pressure (resting hands) over the area of the hard drive. It sounds like the hard drive is wobbling or jamming. If I keep tilting it the computer goes to the blue error screen and the computer restarts. Is my hard drive about to die me? Think there is somekind of fix for it?

A:notebook hard drive noises

Pop it open and see if anything is loose like Connectors ect ect....

Whilst you have it open turn it on and find what is making this sound..

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Hi everyone,I'm new here & very technicaly challenged!

A:Help! pc makes 'beeping' noises

Hi everyone,I'm new here & very technicaly challenged! I have a problem which began a few days ago,my pc makes loud 'beeping' sounds about every 5 mins or so. And when that happens the page I'm currently looking on,'jumps' down to the bottom & I have to scroll back to place I was before. This is very worrying,think there's something serious going on here & not even sure which part of my pc it's happening with. Thanks in advance if anyone can help :)

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Just recently my hard drive has been making a weird noise. It seems to happen when the drive is inactive for a while (e.g. when browsing a single page on Internet Explorer). It will then make a sound like it is accessing the drive but quite quiet and a constant note (if that makes sense?). It stops if you force the computer to access the drive by clicking a menu, closing a window, loading a program ect. Is this a sign that my drive is on the way out or possibly a virus (I have done system scans using Panda, AVG, A-Squared, AVG Anti Spyware and Ad-Aware)?

A:Hard drive making weird noises.

Well, we can't know what exactly the sound is.. Some hard drives do a self-test or a reset routine occasionally when they are idle and it is perfectly normal. Some people describe this as a "meow" sound. Also, it could just be Windows doing some housekeeping.

Any hard drive can fail at any moment without warning, so making backups is always a good idea.

Whether your drive is actually trying to warn you.. Download the diagnostics utility from your HD maker's website and ruyn that just to be sure.

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WD 500GB Caviar Black began occasionally making what sounded like high speed spinning noises for a limited time. I have been exploring noises, clicks and beepings on the internet, but have not gotten anything that explains my circumstances. IIRC it occurs only on start up. You hear a noticeable high speed spinning like noise from the drive. This occurs once in a while, not like once a month or even two, but has been going on for over a year. WD quick scans passed, and chkdsk was run a multitude of times. indicating no problems.
I finally decided to replace it and used Paragon recovery to load the new WD Blue. I then ran a full WD extended scan on the old 500GB and it passed. Again ran a chkdsk and it did not note any reallocation or any issues.
Is there any occasional operation of that type of hard drive that would NORMALLY cause this noise? Does anyone have an opinion on what the noise is or what it indicates.
Thanks for any assistance!

A:Hard Drive Noises - exploration and advice


I know you are using WD. Read this article. Might be of some help.

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So the drive took a small fall off the top of the computer, nothing major it was about 6 inches inside a Venus external enclosure. Well now it makes some noises on startup and I can't see the drive in windows. The bios sees it correctly on startup, as a MAXTOR Sabre drive, but when I run powermax, it just tries to initiate the drive (which makes it make noise) and sits there... I let it do this only for a short period because I didn't want to damage the drive...... any opinions?

A:Hard drive noises, BIOS sees it but nothing else does.

Try running the HDD standing ti on it's side and see if this works. I was able to rescue data from a HDD once using this method.
At any rate be prepared to backup immediately as you might only get one chance.


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Hi, I have a SATA 200GB hard disk for my PC. It is about half a year old and I noticed that it is making weird noises these days. The noise is pretty quiet but when I press on the disk, the noise becomes louder but sometimes it stops if I press it 'the right way'... The noise is like the sound coming out from a running microwave oven but obviously much much quieter. Weird thing is that if I deliberately position the disk out of place, the noise is completely gone. It comes back only when I snap it back to its proper position and close the case...

A:Solved: Hard drive is making noises

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