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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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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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