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The hard drive has failed and needs to be replaced. Thanks and please remember to give this solution a fixya rating, even though the news isn't necessarily what you want to hear. Thanks! :c)

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Hi,
Any strange noise like excessive clicking, grinding, some weird sounds etc. actually indicate a failing hard drive.
Failing hard drives often show warning signs of their imminent demise. If you're lucky enough to see or hear one of these signs, stop what you're doing and immediately back up your data. They say prevention is better than cure so if your computer's hard disk is making some strange clicking sounds, BACK UP YOUR DATA IMMEDIATELY (As the drive is not operating smooth and may fail anytime).
After making backup of your important data on CD/DVD or External Drive, you may scan the drive for surface errors, format it and see if it works properly or not. It would be better if you seek professional assistance for examination of the disk.

Hard drives are mostly under warranty for at least one year. Claim warranty, if possible.
Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!
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I changed the hard drive , now when i plug the power back on theirs a clicking sound, i think its coming from the fan in the back because its moving and also when i hit the power button in the front of the...


If there was no clicking sound before and now there is after you installed a hard drive (goes click...click...click) then that is bad. A clicking sound is what you never want to hear from a hard drive. Means it's bad.
Fans don't make clicking sounds.

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the clicking noise is the reader arm jumping across platters on your hard drive you have a dirty hard drive first clean all the dust from your computer specifically from around your hard drive using a high powered suction vacuum cleaner or a fine air blower from a air compressor making sure there is no moisture in the air lines then give the hard drive a firm tap on the side to free up the reader arm
also you might test the electical leads that are attached to your hard drive make sure they are securely seated and they are not faulty

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I just purchased a Lenovo desktop IdeaCentre K320, MTM:30192GU. It makes a thumping sound from the hard drive. Is there a fix? If not I will return computer to store. Then I went online and saw the...


Take it back. A hard drive should not make any sounds. Lenovo is somewhat infamous for clicking, grinding and thumping sounds from their hard drives.

Take care, and good luck Wei

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Does not boot makes a clicking sound


You have a key stuck on the keyboard. Unplug your keyboard turn the computer on if it it gets past the post, then you need to find which key is stuck. If the keyboard is usb then you can plug it in when you free the key. If it is PS2 style you can shut off power right after it starts with out clicking. Once off key freed you can turn it back on. If key is not findable replace keyboard. After verifing no keyboard no clicking.

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When i try to power it up it just makes a clicking sound


Open the side of the case and locate your hard drive. Pull the red-yellow-black power cable from the hard drive and see if you still hear the clicking noise when you start the machine up. If you don't, i believe your hard drive is toasted.

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Sounds like a bad hard drive. Back up all your data.
If your drive is making clicking sounds .. do it quickly or you will loose everything when the drive stop working altogether.

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Hard drive does not get up to speed, not recognized by computer. has a sound that is not normal to a hard drive. there is a click sound about every 10 seconds, after a minute or two the sounds stop and...


You need to backup everything on that drive now while you can. It will quit forever soon.

Hard drives go bad quite often, Get a new one soon - but DO NOT WAIT to back up what you can now.

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If the system boots normally, then the clicking sound is probably not the hard drive.

When a hard drive has the "click of death" it is usually associated with a failure to boot to Windows.

The clicking could be several things, fans, CD drives etc. If the system is running normally, it may be something minor.

If the system is 5 days old, it is under warranty. If you are concerned about the system, take it back to best buy and have them look at it (It should be free, as them first.)

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I have recently bought a samsung 750gb portable hard drive, everything was great I plugged it in and started to transfer videos onto it. After about 6~7 hrs the hard disc started making a constant clicking...


Does it still make a clicking sound? If so, 2 reasons for this are: the USB or Firewire connection is faulty or yes, your hard drive is faulty. Try a different USB or Firewire port and see if it helps, otherwise return it for a new one. There is no need to keep one that you never know if and when it will fail. Good luck.

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