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Powers up but HDD just clicks. Tried several things...

Hi, I have a Packard Bell tower with a Gigabyte GA 8trc410mnf-rh motherboard. The computer powers up (lights up) but the hard drive just clicks and doesn't load. Here's what I've tried:
- Changing HDD for one I know works, same issue
- Tested HDD, worked fine in another computer
- Changed power supply. Both old and new power supplies working fine.
- Replaced SATA cable, same issue.

I've read another post that says replacing the motherboard doesn't help, any other ideas???


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I have the answer - and it's taken me over 2 hours. Exactly the same thing, clicking and the HDD light at the same time. Disconnected HDD, still clicking. Replaced PSU, removed DVD, blah blah. Replaced CMOS battery, still clicking.

I had 3 cards on the go so removed them all - NO CLICKING!

Replaced TV and 1394 cards - NO CLICKING!

Replaced PCIe card and, you've guessed it, the clicking returned. I'm typing this on the PC I worked on and it's restarted perfectly every time. What I don't have is another video card to tell me if it's the card or the slot but guys & gals, removing the PCIe graphics card solved this for me.

What I cannot work out is how the HDD light flashed in time with the click (until I disconnected it).

Hope this helps - I'm off to bed.

All the best

DcR Computer

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I have an identical problem with a Hewlett Packard PC, same motherboard. I have also tried all the above, and removed the cmos battery to reset the defaults, still no luck. One difference with my problem is that when cold the PC will now boot for 30 seconds and start loading windows, then shuts down. If I try again it only lasts for 12 seconds and dies. I suspect that something is failing either due to heat or a power down fault of some sort. Could be the chip, the board, or the memory, I don't have a spare board or chip to try. I posted this to show that the problem is not a once off.

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If the hard drive clicks, there's either a serious problem with the hard drive itself, but since you already tested with a drive that is sure to work, it has to be the motherboard. the other post you read, has probably nothing to do with your own problem. try reinstalling your system board's drivers or replace the system board if unsuccessful

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    We've just had one of these come in with the same problem too... Removing the HD connection and powering up produces a clicking sound with the HD light flashing. This is even before a post and the fans running at full speed. Goes no further. Have tried all the obvious... MOBO issue for sure...only annoyance is the OEM power button and LED connections - time to whip out the stanley knife splice the connector and put in a replacement mobo. This is the 2nd post I've read about this issue so thought I would add my experience on this so as others can also find it. Have fun replacing


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