My laptop (a Toshiba Satellite - P300) makes a strange noise. I don’t know how to describe it (it’s like the sound of something which is trickling). The noise is really irritating; sometimes it seems as if my laptop will crack down. I usually wait for 10 – 15 minutes, if the noise doesn’t stop after that, I either restart my laptop or shut it down and turn it on again. Sometimes I restart it twice, the noise disappear after that for the rest of the day but reappears on the following day, when windows resumes.
As far as I can tell, the noise is coming from the right underside (i.e. from the hard disk area). The HDD/ODD indicator starts blinking awkwardly, sometimes it blinks very feebly, and it looks as if it’s going to stop blinking. In addition to that, the size of one of my hard drives keeps decreasing abnormally. The amount of free space on my Drive C used to be more than 92 Gb. When it drops, it usually drops to 90.8 Gb. However, after noticing the noise which I have described above, I have also noticed that the amount of free space on Drive C started dropping until it reached 88.4 Gb, in three weeks approximately. It climbed back again due to the disk defragmentation task which runs on a scheduled time, to 91.8 GB and decreased gradually after five days, to 91.2 Gb.
The problem started two months ago, but apart from the things which I have described, everything is functioning normally.
P.S. I am using Windows vista – 32 bit.
Does anyone have a clue about what might cause the “symptoms” which I have described, especially the noise?
I would really appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance
Edited by Mesmerized, 23 February 2012 - 04:37 PM.