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.
Ours started clicking too. Once it was clicking, all we got was a black screen. For a year or so, we manually turned off the computer, waited a few hours and it eventually resolved itself and booted normally. This last time, it didn't. We took it to geek squad and they referred us to a nearby repair shop. Now the repair shop is stumped. They evidently tried replacing the video card to no avail. Any suggestions as to what might be wrong?
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Re: 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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Sounds like the hard drive has an issue. Do you hear a very faint clicking sound when it tries to boot up? put your ear near the front of the laptop, bottom of keyboard area and listen for a clicking sound. if you hear a click click click click sound repeating continuously, its a failing hard drive. If you hear ths sound, you will need to buy a replacement hard drive. Replacing it is easy. Turn your laptop upside down and look for the small door that houses your hd. Unscrew the door and take hard drive out. Now you take this hard drive to Staples and ask them for a replacement. Once you know what you need, whether Sata or IDE hard drive, you can buy a replacement cheaply on eBay or buy it from any computer store. pop the hard drive back in and then you should be able to install a new operating system on the laptop.
If you do not hear a clicking sound, then you may have a corrupted windows boot. Have you tried booting in safe mode? as you turn the power on, hold down the f8 button. You will get a screen asking if you want to boot in safe mode. Select, safe mode with networking. If it boots normally in safe mode, you can then put in your windows cd and do a repair.
If you cannot boot into safe mode, and you have tried replacing hard drive, but cd/dvd is still not working, then you may need o take it in or diagnostics.
You can buy very cheaply on eBay, a connector that will allow you to connect your hard drive to another computer via USB. This will allow you to test the hard drive and also possibly get data of of it, provided the hard drive is not too badly damaged.
I hope this helps.. Please ask any questions you might have.
I see your hard drive stopped working, any errors on the Hard drive when trying to turn the system on? do you get a blue screen? or just a black screen when the system is turned on?
Try going into safe mode, turn the computer ON then keep on tapping F8 to get the options menu select safe mode see if windows will boot p from there then you can back up any files you need and most likely reinstalling windows will be best to avoid the problem from happening again.
Also reinstalling windows will give you more details if the hard drive the the one that caused it to top or a different device.
If reinstalling stops and gives you a blue screen then most probably the hard drive is faulty or shall I say not anymore bootable, but if it works on safemode then you can try reinstalling windows see if windows installs then great, but if it result to a blue screen you will have to find out what is causing that...
this can be a faulty RAM on the system or a faulty Video Card if your video card is an expansion video card not a built in video card.
Also if you hear a clicking noise from the Hard Drevie then the problem is the HDD itself and needs replacing.
You need to start windows in the safe mode, press F8 at boot up. Remove al the drivers that you've installed on you previous computer system, usualy this is is a conflict between wrong drivers and your hardware. If you can't remove the old drivers, reinstall Windows XP, do a clean install by booting your computer up with the Windows xp cdrom, from the Windows XP cdrom you're also able to repartionate your hard drive. First remove the old partition(s) en make a new one, the setup does then format your harddrive, after that you're ready to install windows xp on the new partition.
It looks like you installed the wrong drivers for your motherboard. It can cause a Blue Screen Of Death. Also how many hard-drives do you have in that computer? IDE? Are the jumpers set to CS? I find that CS causes problems. If you have 2 devices on a ribbon cable make one master w non ATA and the second device as slave. Also the boot.ini could be confused. Is the boot.ini on the wrong hard-drive Did you accidentally put 2 operating systems on the same computer? lots of things could have caused this.
Try to go into safe mode by pressing F8 as soon as you turn on the laptop.
If you get into safe mode then go into system restore and choose a date when the laptop was working properly. Let it rollback to that date and reboot the computer and let it go and see if it goes back into windows.
If you get a blue screen even when trying to go into windows then the operating system is corrupted and you'll need to do a factory restore on the laptop, meaning the hard drive would have to be wiped out and the operating system put back onto the hard drive.
Your OS is corrupted then if you cant get into safe mode. Your going to need to wipe out the hard drive and get your computer back to factory defaults. If you need help with that I'll be more then willing to help you.
try to boot in safe mode, if you can then from there try to remove the latest software or hardware you install. if you are unable to boot in safe mode, then try to repair or reinstall the os. plz post your findings
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.