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Can the hard drive "Click of Death" come and go?


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#1 frank11111

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:59 PM

I recently received a few older desktops as part of compensation for wiping the hard drives at my friends office. They gave me a supposedly broken hard drive that a technician had diagnosed. there was a note on it saying click death. I put it in a machine and powered it up. I was able to install windows 7 on it and then ran an advanced hitachi drive fitness test twice. It had no problems and made no noise.

So my question is whether that means it was misdiagnosed or if the problem might just creep up again in the future after some use. I'm trying to sell the computers and it is one of the larger hard drives but I don't want to sell it if it's likely to crap out. Is there some other troubleshooting I should do?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:44 PM

IME, which is limited, hard drives which produce noise along with problems...are best replaced.

I don't think it's a matter of IF it will fail...hard drives are not made in a manner to produce certain sounds and such indicate a physical problem. Think of it this way...if you are driving your auto and you hear a sound which is not normally heard ...are you going to ignore it or take your car to a mechanic to have it checked out?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

I understand that but in my case I never heard any noise because I wasn't there. It's possible that the person who inspected it wasn't a professional or made some mistake. So what i'm asking is whether it's possible for that noise to simply go away. I thought that if the click of death starts happening then the hdd is doomed. Yet in my case it would seem to be just fine which makes me think it was never there in the first place.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:41 PM

Yes it is possible for the noise to come and go. I had a Maxtor click continuously for up to a minute, then be fine for a few days. It gave me about 2 weeks notice before it died. If the hard drive is SMART capable, then any problems (read/write retries, bad sectors, remapped blocks) should be stored in the hard drives memory and readable with whatever software you have. If it is an older pre SMART drive, and the diag software is doing only a read/write scan, then you can have hidden problems that won't make themselves known until the problem actually manifests itself.

Edited by dpunisher, 16 October 2012 - 04:42 PM.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

I have had them click and stop, so yes they can. When that happens, its best to start backing everything up and finding a new drive.

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