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Hard disk my laptop hard disk is given me a click sound, i want to know how to fix it. without buying a newone. because right now i have a collection of laptop harddisk from other pple and they all have the same problem i need some professional help

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    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    clicking? as in a ticking sound, or some vibration?

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Generally a ticking sound indicates a faulty hard drive. If you can access your data, i suggest you back up your data as soon as possible.

there are several possibilities that cause the ticking such as:

1.) The clicking sound appears to only occur when the drive is idle. Forcing the drive to be busy silences the ticking while the drive is busy.

2.) repeated attempts to spin up the platters

3.) The ticking sound comes from the hard drive is caused by repeated attempts to find track 0.

if your noise occurs from solution 1, then I would'nt worry about the noise. However if its caused by problem 2 or 3, then I would backup data and purchase a new drive.

Hope this helps!
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How to detect if your hard-drive is working or not/hard disk maintenance.


Some times you don't know if your hard drive is working or not. Your external hard disk might drop on the ground, or your desktop/laptop hard drive might not be booting. Which ever the case maybe, here is how to find out the condition of your hard disk:

Put your ear close to your hard disk, if you hear your hard disk make a crackling noise, be prepared to buy another hard disk because such hard disk is damaged and cannot be fixed. Also note that it is difficult to recover files from such hard drive.

But if you don't hear a crackling sound, use your hand(s) to feel the drive, if it vibrates, it means the hard disk is in good condition.

What damages external hard drive most times is if you don't eject (safely remove) it from your computer, when it drops on the ground or hits any hard object etc

If your external hard disk stops working, firstly, check if the hard disk inside the case is in good condition by checking for crackling sounds and vibration. Once you observe that the hard disk is in good condition, this means the hard drive case is defective/the cause of the problem. Get another drive case and your drive will work again without loosing any file/data on it.

For desktop/laptop hard drive maintenance, make sure you always shut down your computer properly, don't remove the CPU's power cord while the computer is turned on. To be on a safer side, always use UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for your desktop computer.

Also, when using your laptop, makes sure its fixed at a position. Avoid any shake as the hard disk might shift from its normal position in the process.

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I am sorry but I think the hard disk is on its last leg. A knocking sounds is the first symptoms of faulty hard disk. It is better to replace it.




The non-system disk error is displayed when the CMOS BIOS failed to detect the hard disk.

There is a small chances of making your hard disk work again. It worked for me before maybe it might work with you too.

First, turn off your Laptop. Remove the power supply adaptor from your Laptop. Remove the battery. Press and hold the power on button for at least 5 seconds to discharge remaining volts on your unit. After awhile, return the battery, plug in the power supply adaptor and turn on Laptop. See if that recognize again your hard disk.

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