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HDD making clicking noise/will not boot into windows

Hard drive started making a clicking noise a week ago and now it will not boot into windows. I have tried going into safe mode but "blue screen" flashes and the machine restarts.

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Re: HDD making clicking noise/will not boot into windows

The clicking noise will be the platelettes or the head trying to park inside the hardrive. there isn't a lot you can do ;if you can no longer boot into windows, the hard drive will need replacing and you may not be able to see anything from it unless you have a usb to ide cable adapter to view any files. You may be able to retrieve your important documents from it by fitting the drive as a slave drive after you have installed the new one as a master.

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I have a dell inspiron 531 desktop. i have tried everything from changing floppy to disabled, to changing the drives. im still getting a no "boot device available" screen. someone PLEASE help me. what else...

1. Enter to BIOS (use F2) on start up, see if your Hard Disk Drive is listed, if not, check cables connections to your HDD from your motherboard.
2. Check boot order in BIOS make sure your HDD is number 2 and that your Optical Drive (DVD ROM) is 1st, so your can use your Windows install disk to Repair your Windows installed on your HDD.
3. The Master Boot Record (Google it) might be corrupt, see Google info how to fix.
4. If you have a flash drive plugged into your PC, this can cause it not to start up. Remove and restart PC.

Hope this helps.

NB: Use backup program (to save your files to another storage device i.e. External Portable HDD) either Windows Back Up and Restore or a third party software.

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HDD making clicking noise/will not boot into windows

do you see anything when you press the on button?
if not, it might be the motherboard, which means the most important part of the computer is broken and it has to be replaced (the motherboard that is, but i warn you, OEM versions of windows might not work anymore) if you see something until windows should start just replace the harddrive

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E Machine T3265 running Windows XP. was running fine until a few weeks ago. Starting turning off Windows (power stayed on) and rebooting on it own. Tried restoring system with restore disks. Kept shutting...

Hello friend,
> You CPU is not problem. ya may be you HDD create bade sector. Sec thing you change HDD data and power cable.
> You fresh new windows Install may be solve you problem.
> One time disconnect all cable attach in PC, and proper reconnect all cable. because if power connector lose then again you PC turn of auto.
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" no boot file name received ", Why did my desktop say this?

First test is put new harddrive in and when it goes to boot press Delete,
for entry to Setup, make sure new hard drive is found in equipment.
System equipment, if so then Put Operating disk in CD drive and check
check boot list , Put CD drive first then save and let boot up. It will automatically load the operating system back in the new hard drive.

As far as your saved material in old hard drive. You can check hard drive on second hard drive cable or with a USB adapter connection to
see if able to boot hard drive up and view files. If it works then you can
drag material from one window the desktop (To drag material just put mouse on file and left click-hold down button and move to desktop it will
automatically copy file to desktop.)

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Hard drive makes clicking sound and than memory dump begins Help

Sounds like the hard drive is on its way out.

If you can get hold of, or download and burn a copy of

A) Ultimate boot CD for windows
B) Ubuntu.

These can boot your PC without invoking your HDD, you may be able to access backup/cop your data across to a second or external HDD before it dies.

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ok get a windows 7 disk and turn of the computer and ad the hard drive switch on the computer and set it to boot from disk (seems windows is broken on the 500gb hdd) then boot from disk and install windows 7 to the 500 gb hard drive and set in the bios the boot select for the hard drive (if you use win xp more then make that boot primary) then go threw all the rigmarol of installing windows 7 to the 500 gb one and your done it will have bootable hard drives and will offer a choice when first switched on

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I have to replace the hard drive in a thinkcenter s50

Remove harddrive make sure it is set to master. while hard drive is out boot up computer it will boot to the motherboard. Find the boot menu and set your cd drive as the first device. Save and shut down the computer. Install your hard drive now boot up and as soon as you can insert disk.

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Os instalation will not load

Hi Dobssand, the most common reason for a CD-ROM (With a Windows CD in it) does not start to load is the motherboard's bios is not set correctly. While in the bios go to the title Boot & enter boot order. This is a common boot order for a PC.
1st boot device = [Floppy disk drive]
2nd boot device = [CD-ROM drive] (Model number of the CD-ROM drive).
3rd boot device = [Primary Hard Disk Drive] (Model number of drive).

Second most common reason is the data cable to the CD-ROM drive is loose or not fully connected either at the CD-ROM or at the motherboard. (Check it).
If you choose not to enter your bios, you can still get the CD-ROM drive to boot the Win CD in this fashion. Load the Win CD into the CD-ROM drive. Power off the system. Than power on the system & start to press the F8 key once every two seconds. Windows "Please select boot device:" window will open. Using your keyboards up & down arrow keys high-light the CD-ROM drive that has the win CD in it & press the enter key. Windows should start to load. If you receive an error message stating windows can not find your hard disk drive. Than you must enter your bios & go to the title Boot. Your hard disk drive is not listed in the boot order section. Worst case! Your hard disk drive may be faulty. Find the manufactures name printed on a large white sticker on once side of the HDD. Go to the manufactures web site & download their drive setup software so you can create a bootable floppy disk. This will allow you to check/test the HDD & format it for a windows installation.

Or is this not the issue you are having?

Good luck!

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Pc starts to boot then hangs at 'Intel inside' logo. Faint noise from hard drive but nothing else happens. I've heard the occasional ominous clunking noise from inside too, before & after it developed...

Most likely you are experiencing a hard drive failure.  The Click of Death is normally a good indicator.
Most likely a hard drive will resolve your problem.  If the system is under warranty, contact the vendor.  If not, you can buy a replacement HDD normally for less than $100
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Switching to an older operating system is a nightmare with Windows. They make it nearly impossible. You can try a format command if you can interrupt your windows boot or there may be a way to format it from the "Run" command option. However, my opinion is to pay the crazy 100 bucks or so to have a tech at a computer place do it for you. Windows makes it crazy hard. I did it once a long time ago but it took me weeks to find out how to override windows and partition the drive, etc.

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