Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:49 PM
Hi jc27141, and welcome to BleepingComputer.
The clicking noise is a classic, it is known as the click of death. If you are having trouble identifying which hdd is the culprit you can take a long handled wooden or plastic kitchen spoon and place the spoon end against your ear and use the other end to press against each drive, you will be able to tell very quickly which one it is. You can go to the manufacturer's web site and download their diagnostic tool, you will need to burn this to a CD so that you can boot from it. You may need to go into your BIOS and change the boot order so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order. If these are SATA drives, just unplug the drive that isn't being tested, if it is connected via a IDE data cable then you will want to disconnect the drive that isn't being tested and make sure that the other drive is connected to the Master connector (the one on the end, not the middle), and that the jumper on the rear of the drive is in the Master position.
You say that you didn't reformat the hdd prior to installing the OS, how did you install the OS then?
If you aren't sure that this is a fresh installation there is another consideration, and that is what happens when you take a hdd the has Windows installed on it and introduce it to another motherboard. This usually has bad results, there are aspects in the registry that recognize the chipset of the motherboard. When you introduce another motherboard the OS will recognize the new chipset and become confused, this can result in requiring a fresh installation of the OS. This is overly simplistic, but you get the idea.
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