Most hdd manufacturers have diagnostic tests which you can download and run to determine the health of your hdd. To find out who the manufacturer of your hdd is you can use SIW (System Information for Windows) , i'ts free.
Once you have downloaded it and opened it you will see a menu on the left side. Scroll down to the Hardware section and click on Storage Devices. In the pane on the right the information for your hdd will appear. The areas highlighted in red in the picture below are what you are looking for.
You should call Lenovo's support and see what they can do for you. We all hear horror stories about how poor support can be with some companies, but you usually hear it from people who had other issues complicating their experience, like not understanding enough to ask the right questions or not understanding what they are being told.
mine is manufactured by WD western digital then
what's the next step?
and the thing I hear about lenovos support is that they take ages to ship back your product.
2 options since it is still under warrenty.
out everything you can about the warrenty such as what it covers and
what it doesnt. Some even allow you to go to a shop for a free
2-If you are comfortable doing it
yourself, it would likely be your best bet. Laptops, especially those
made in the last 4-5 years, are more user friendly to access the hard
drive and memory. Do your research if you have never opened a computer
It is possible the HD has a clicking sound, but it is dampened by the case. Try this to amplify the sound:
anything that is at least 4-5 inches tall like a marker, highlighter,
pen, ect that can stand on its head, and put it as close to the hard
drive as possible. Balence a paper towel or something similar to creat a
'flat roof'. You need to have this on the computer while it is on, but
already booted up. When the computer starts slowing down, watch the
edges of the paper towel: if it twitches, the hard drive is likely
failing; if the edges are steady, then it is likely a heat problem.
this works-fans are a constant sound. They may go faster or slower
depending on what is going on, but rarely do they start/stop suddenly.
If a hard drive is failing, the clicking sound that is heard is the head hitting up against something which is a start/stop.
so is it indeed a sign the HDD will fail soon? how is it supposed to sound? I put my ear up close to the surface near where the HDD would be and I just hear a steady hum and a rhymtic click click (i think)
Edited by traptack, 28 February 2013 - 10:57 PM.