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Hard drive making sounds

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#1 MangoMilk


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

So I started hearing clicking and beeping sounds in my computer. After a bit of research, I am 90% certain that it is my hard drive failing.

While the computer is booting, 9/10 times, it would have a series of clicks. If it clicks for 10 or so times, my computer would have something like "no array is defined" and I would have to boot it up again.
If there aren't a lot of clicks, then I can boot I up just fine.

While the computer is running, it would click sometimes too. If there are a short amount of clicks, there would be an error about a timeout. If there is a lot of clicks, it would blue screen. Throughout the day, it would blue screen maybe two times, less if I am lucky.

My question is this. Should I continue to use the computer? I have everything already backed up on an external, so I am not afraid of the hard drive crashing. I am already shopping for a new one since I'm pretty certain that the crash is imminent. But I kind of want to squeeze this one until it actually gives out on me.
But if the failing hard drive can affect other pieces of hardware, I'd rather not compromise the rest of the computer just to get another week out of this thing.

Thanks for your time.

Edited by MangoMilk, 13 February 2013 - 05:31 PM.

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#2 GwenNixon1978


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:40 PM

Hey, my first suggestion is to BACK-UP EVERYTHING important, don't bother with system files and such.

2nd = you gotta tell us all what kind of comp it is...win/mac & win-ver=XP/Vista....

3rd = go to ur internet browser & download these two items-one would be a CPU temp. software, and second would be a hard disk "doctor" this lets you know how the performance of ur drive is doing.

I would recommend =  



12 Ghosts 12-Z  (Disk info & TEMP !!! ) - Ver 9.70
Advanced System Care (Lots of free utilities !!)  - Ver
Let me know if you need any help.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:32 PM


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

Clicking sounds could be the hard drive...but I suppose such might also be caused by fans.


Beeping sounds, once Windows has booted...typically relate to overheating warnings.  If the beeping occurs before boot, it could be a number of things.


<<"no array is defined">>


Are you running a RAID configuration? 


RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_array_of_independent_disks



I would take issue with any suggestion to use Advanced System Care or any utility like it.  Much rhetoric, totally unnecessary, and of dubious value, IMO.


Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:



  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.


    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.


  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.



  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes.  If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.



  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.



  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".


Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.



Edited by hamluis, 14 February 2013 - 05:56 PM.

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