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Can't find the cause for clicking noise and BSOD

Sometimes, with no apparent reason, there's a loud repetitive clicking noise coming from the disk. I ran several diagnosis tools and none found any bad sectors or things like that. I ran Maxtor's PowerMax and anything you can imagine, defragged the disk and nothing happened. Some time ago I changed this drive to slave, and booted WinXP from another HD. Now I just access files on the problematic drive, not the system anymore, and the blue screens of death stopped appearing. Anyway, although the problem got less frequent, it is still there. I used to believe that excess heat was causing this, because my case was always displaying warnings. I boutgh a HDD cooler and at the first boot the noises came up again. I dont know if it has anything to do with it, but I'm a pretty heavy bittorrent user, first with BitComet and now with uTorrent.

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Re: Can't find the cause for clicking noise and BSOD

From what I've read, the "clicking" is a sign that the hard drive is about to fail. The cause is using two devices (hard drives, CD-ROM drives, etc.) with different read/write speeds on the same IDE cable. For instance, you MUST not have an ATA100, ATA66, or ATA33 hard drive or CD-ROM drive on the same IDE cable as a faster ATA133 hard drive. Hope this helps

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It makes a clicking noise, it doesn't light up, and it's not detected by my computer.

you might have a dirty hard drive if the click noise is coming from inside your hard drive the reader arm is skipping across the platters or might be trying to connect but cant find the drive causing a clicking noise you could give the hard drive a firm tap to the side to free up up the reader arm

click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems also make sure the computers Ram and Cmos battery are securely seated
if this fails to fix the problem

you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
hope this helps

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My Lacie 500GB External Hardrive has just started making loud clicking noises. What should I do? I'm feeling quite worried as this is my only backup system. 3011 10KU SN...

It's not a good sign if a hard disk is making loud clicking noise. It means that the hard drive is about to give up. The clicking sound you can hear is caused by the arm of the hard disk knocking against other components in the hard drive. I recommend to back up your data as soon as possible.

Good luck,


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I have a Lacie 1TB Big Disk Extreme. It has recently developed a loud regular whirring noise, that goes on and off every few seconds. What should I do? Thanks! Adrian

The irregular clicking or chunking sound usually indicates that your hard drive is suffering from physical damage. immediately backup your data, your hard disk will die soon.

This problem can be caused by the following:

  • Head Crash
  • Bad Sectors
  • Mechanical Faults

If your hard disk is under warranty then you contact your manufacturer.
Hard disk drive occasionally produces a whirring sound when it searches for a file which is heavily fragmented. This is caused by the spinning platters as the read-write heads zoom back and forth to access the sectors where the data is stored. It is important to distinguish the whirling sound from the clicking sound. This whirring sound can be reduced by periodically defragmenting your hard drive. Defragmenting reorganizes the scattered data on the hard drive to make files and programs run faster. It relocates the commonly accessed files to the beginning of the hard disk where data can load at a faster rate.

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Plugged in the 1TB WD My Book Essential into my Dell Dimension 3100 running windows xp and the screen goes blue and I get a error stating "Bad_Pool_Header"

here's a solution I found on google:

BSOD the Solution:

Did you install Service Pack 2? Are you now suffering from the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)?. Here is the solution. I have spent 4 days hunting down the cause of my machine crashing and have finally cracked it. Maybe other people have a different cause than mine so my solution may not work for everyone.

After installing SP2 I suffered many crashes. In particular the Screen would turn blue and display a message starting "Bad_Pool_Header". And ending with STOP: 0X000000019....

Then my four day hunt for the cause started.

BSOD Solution
Basically I found two causes of the BSOD.
Cause 1: Corrupted file or folder.
Cause 2: Microsoft Indexing Service

Possibly these two causes are linked.

Solution for Cause 1
Onen up Explore (right click the start button), and expand your directory tree, starting from the C: drive. Click on each folder in turn and see if any cause the BSOD to appear. If so, reboot, and simply attempt to copy the folder, and then delete it.

Solution for Cause No 2
Switch off Microsoft's indexing service. You can do this by clicking the start button, select "Run", then type "msconfig", then select the "Services" TAB, scroll down to the Indexing Service and Switch it off. Reboot your computer, and good luck - maybe it will work, It solved the problem for me.

At first I thought I must have a third party software or hardware conflicting with SP2, but even after I had disconnected the internet, switched off all items in the startup TAB of msconfig, was still getting the BSOD. I tried surface scans, chkdsk, scan disk etc all to no avail. I tried defragmenting the disk, but the frequent crashes may have made things worse.

I discovered the computer was now crashing after about 7.5 minutes of being switched on. It did not matter whether anyone logged in or not.

Finally I went to msconfig (Start Run, MSCONFIG) and switched off "process System.ini files, Load System files, Load Startup Items. And the comuter stopped crashing. So then I added the item back one by one until I discovered the Microsoft Corporation Indexing Service which was causing the crash. I switched it off and switched everything else back on and AT LAST... No more BSOD

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Hard drive started making a loud clicking noise

Clicks from a hard drive are never good news. If the disk is still readable I'd STRONGLY advise an immediate backup, starting from the most important files. Unfortunately USB does not support SMART querying of disks - you'd need to extract the HD from the enclosure and connect it directly to a PC to do that - but the disk sync information might have degraded to the point that the disk needs to recalibrate fully. This is usually followed, as the degradation continues, by the disk becoming unreadable.

A more detailed description (albeit understandably a bit biased) is here:

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I have a sandisk 2gb cruzer micro usb flash drive but it is not working from last some days what cani do , can i replace it from nearest sandisk centre.

You might be able to if it is under warranty, otherwise no.

Sometimes when a flash memory stick fails because it was not removed from the USB port properly. If the device is removed by just pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, you must click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select the device you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so.

When the flash memory device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restore it by reformatting it. Insert the flash drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.
Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Healthy.

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MHY2160BH Half dead wierd behaviour can't read / access data

If you have opened the hard drive case you quite likely have pooched the drive. This type of work is usually carried out in a proper "clean room" as even very small particles of dust that float around can cause destruction of a hard drive.

That is why they ALL carry a warning about opening them. some even have inert gases instead of air in them as an aid to keeping the inside clean and avoiding airborne corrosion.

Specialists are the only people I know who can dismantle and recover data from the platter but they are not cheap.

You are more than welcome to try yourself but you would need the EXACT control board right down to the revision number to stand even the slightest chance.

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Can't be recognized.

If the noise is like a repetitive ticking or clicking. Well, the sorry to say that the hard drive had crashed... which makes the noise... And sorry to tell you that you cannot do anything but to buy another...

sorry... Fixya!!!

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Drive not being recognized, making weird noises?

I really hope I'm dead wrong on this one. But from the little bit you've described so far, my first guess would be that the loud clicking noise you're hearing is what is known as the 'click of death'.
From Wikipedia: "Click of death" is a term that became common in the late 1990s referring to the clicking sound in disk storage systems that signals the device has failed, often catastrophically." In other words, get out your original purchase receipt and/or warranty (if still valid) and get it replaced or your money back.


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