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Continual Clicking Noise And Scarey Messages


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#1 felinepeachy

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:13 PM

Computer is a Gateway with Winows XP Home. All has been fine but this morning when I got up and turned it on it started out making this continual clicking noise. Then I got a message saying "Hard drive not connecting" and then shortly after another one saying"Boot failure, system halted". What does this mean?

Does this sound like a virus? Could I have gotten one in a chat room if I didn't talk to anyone? I had just popped in for a couple of minutes to see what was going on.


What could have changed from last night when I was happily surfing, to this morning? P.S. I have noticed you telling some people to boot in safe mode for various reasons, how does one do that for future reference? :thumbsup:

Please help me, my computer is my only connection to the outside world.
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Posted 03 January 2006 - 02:00 PM

My computer started making that clicking noise a few weeks ago, and kept clicking until i got the messages similar to yours. Apparently, that's a clear sign that the harddrive is dying (at least that's what my techy friend told me, and i usually trust his analysis). The solution was to replace the hard-drive. He did it for me, and ta-da, no more clicking or error messages.

This may or may not be the case for you, but it does sound oddly familiar.

BTW: To boot in safe mode, continously tap "F8" right after you restart your computer. It will bring up a menu with various options. You can choose to start it in safe mode, safe mode without networking, command prompt, etc.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 06:19 PM

.............Oh no, please not the hard drive. Ballpark, what does that cost to replace? What would cause that to go bad overnight? Why me? :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 January 2006 - 06:53 PM

Stuff happens, and hardware fails - it's just a fact of life. It's not anything that you did wrong, it's just that it's worn out (presuming that this is the problem).

It's very difficult to estimate a cost without knowing your system specs/hard drive specs. But, for the average desktop computer you can replace a hard drive for between $50 and $100 US - depending on your hard drive size and the system's needs (Laptops are usually more).
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Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:16 PM

You could try to do a simple hard disk self test in your bios. There are two level of tests, simple then advance. Upon boot up, go into your bios..might be F10 or F12 .....or even F2....its indicate whenever u boot up, In the blue or some green screen, there is an option for HDD self test.....select that n see the result......It will indicate failed if your harddisk din survive ..... However, there is still way to retrieve the data should u need it .....
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