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Odd hard drive noises

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#1 Uzag


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 04:46 AM

I suspect my WD hard drive is about to check in. I've backed everything up but being new to hardware, I'd love a 2nd opinion on what's going on.

The issue is that sometimes at start up, I hear some really rapid clicking noises. I've heard it make single 'clunks' too. Iím rather certain that these sounds comes from the front of the computer and the thus the hard drive.
I've also heard similar noises, but way more silent, while working in windows. It's pretty much the same sound but like a whisper.
The motherboard (I think...) has also made a single, short ďBIOS POST-likeĒ beep after starting Windows XP, much a like the "hardware OK" beep.

I've listened to loads of failed hard drives, particulary WD's, but they none seem to represent this particular sound. Basically it's far more rapid. The single clunk reminds a lot of a "head crash" thought.

I have no issues with running the hard drive so far, possibly it's a taaad bit sluggish. I do notice a slight lag in the windows loading screen, but I canít remember if itís always been like that.

The HD passes the WD testing program tests. It's about 4,5 years old, only recently this noise started to occur.

The issue seem to especially occur after I've completely powered down, worked inside the computer and powering it up again. It's not until recently I've needed to work inside the computer, so this may be why the noise hasnít occurred as often until lately.

(Itís a 74GB WD Raptor with Windows XP professional. Itís the only HD).

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:00 AM

It's time for you to get a new hard drive after all those years of use :thumbup2:

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:05 AM

That clicking noise means the drive is on its way out. Save your data and replace the drive.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:41 AM

Thanks, your input is highly appreciated :)

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

Grab an SSD, great deal on Newegg.com right now for a 64gb. Crucial SSD
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