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The continuous "tick tick" normally means low power on the device. Means: Case board broken or hdd logic board fault.
Possible solutions: - Try to change usb port and usb cable. - If you have an usb power adapter try to connect it JUST for some seconds to see if the disk spins. Warning: you can burn your disk because the classic usb omputer port use a 500mA max power while an USB A/C normally can offer up to 2000mA. - Buy a cheap 2.5" hdd case and put on it your 160gb hdd because the board of the Apollo could be broken. In this case check before buying if you need a SATA or a PATA interface.
If nothing changes, sorry, your hdd is probably dead.
Go to the power settings and set it to never turn off hard drive...the tick tick noise are the read and write heads working (that's what writes information on the hard drive) which is perfectly normal with an older hard drive....the hang is probably a virus or needs a good cleaning...I recommend advanced system care as a program to clean your hard drive and fix the errors....uninstall any and all programs not needed or unused
It is indicating a Hard Disk failure. The clicking sound you are hearing is the head hunting for data on the Hard Disk. Normally it should happen in seconds. This is a sound one should dread on any device which runs on a Hard disk. It spells death and one has to go through the nightmare of recovering precious data or files from the HDD !! . If you give it to the Ipod service center they will recover all your data and reload it onto a new HDD and return your Ipod as good as it was before this failure.
Hard disk drive has gone bad. the ticking is the read heads hitting the stops hard. means that the disk might have been dropped.
If the ticking is musical in nature, like a waltz, this is caused by a virus that can activate after april 1st of any year.
most laptops are 2.5 inch drives - only the height varies; rated as 1/8 height, 1/4 height or 1/2 height.
Remeber that you will need a way of re-installing your operating system once the hardware is fixed. You will need the recovery disk or original os disk provided with the laptop to make this operation go smoothly.