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Hard Drive? My PC as run trouble free since I purchased it from you in August of this year. But this morning when I turned on the PC it emitted a loud clicking sound, as if something was catching on a fan or something. I turn the PC off and gave it an internal visual check but found nothing loose or catching on any fan. I rebooted the machine, no clicking sound this time, but just after the initial Windows screen appears and Windows tries to load, there is quick flash of a blue screen and the machine reboots again. I was given the usual boot options and tried to boot-up in Safe mode but the same thing happened. No matter which mode I try, it just reboots over and over again. Also, can I reset the auto-restart via the bios screen, so that I can view the BSOD? I would appreciate your advice with this problem.

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Re: Hard Drive?

A Windows setting is what's rebooting the computer, and thats a bit hard to change since it wont run Windows at this point.

The clicking could have been the hard drive. I'd run the manufacturers diagnostic on it. Download (from another computer obviously) the diagnostic file(s) from (??). You didnt say what brand it is. Let's say it's a Seagate, go to and then to support.

The diagnostic file with create a bootable floppy or cd. Set your computer to boot from which ever of those. Run the diagnostic. If it's a faulty drive and it's under warranty, check the website for info on how to get it replaced for free.

Send a comment after you've done that and we'll go from there.
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