Computer causes new hard drives to click within 3 months.
I have a pc that causes my hard drives to make that dreaded clicking noise.
Initially I would just replace the drive with a new one, but then the new one would start clicking too within 3 months.
I have ruined 3 hard drives... I am not sure what to do to diagnose what the cause is, if I am just unlucky and I keep getting lemon hard drives (I get Seagate 1TB's).
It has to be something else, but I don't know what so I don't know what to test for.
Notes: I did a seatools long test and repair, and once I did it detected no errors, so I put the hard drive back in the PC and the clicking was gone... for about a week.
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A.Perform a Disk Check
1. Double-click My Computer,right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
2. Click Properties, and click Tools.
3.Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed, Click Start. Now, restart the computer and Disk check would be performed.
B.Perform Disk CleanUP to remove the useless stuff.
1. Click Start, double click My Computer.
2.Right-click the disk in which you want to free up space, and then click Properties.
3.Click the General tab, and click Disk Cleanup.
4.Click the Disk Cleanup tab (if it is not already selected), click to select the check boxes next to the files that you want to remove, and then click OK.
5.Click Yes to the proceed with this action, and then click OK.
Please follow steps in the link given below also.
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Something moved within the machine when dropped. If its working fine though there isnt to much to worry about because the important parts are unharmed. if it really bothers you your going to have to take it apart and find the lose part
the first thing to check are the leads a faulty
lead can cause the blue screen of death
a bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a
cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive
test all leads that attach to your hard drive
including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard
drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just
replace them they could be faulty make sure all
leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure
connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace
them they could befaulty a computer
needs its connections to finish its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads
will end up with a computer error If you see the physical memory dump blue screen
much more often then the issue is clearly Your computer is running past its specified limits you might have to install
more RAM random access memory to check how much ram you have to check the details on
your computer click start right click on
my computer select properties you will see all imformation about your computer
including installed ram click start
control panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right
click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check
now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt
recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check
now,start should schedule this task when restart do not do
anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input will damage your
computer hope this helps
Is it a clicking noise? Hissing noise? or maybe a grinding noise? A pc can cause many different noises. A clicking noise generally means the hard drive is failing. You'd want to back up your data immediately and get a new drive. Hissing can be a bad fan or CD/DVD drive that needs to be replaced. Grinding noises can also be caused by fan bearings going out. You would need to find out which fan it is, and replace that fan.
Go to Device Manager and verify that the camera is installed on the computer, then update your video driver. You have a couple options here, 1) Do a system restore to some point within the last couple months, back to when you can remember the camera working--some piece of recently installed software may be causing a conflict. 2) Uninstall the camera software AND drivers, then go to the website and re-install--I recommend this way because there is no telling how many other things will be affected by the restore.
The noise you hear from the computer is the hard-drive trying to find the camera info. Might not be a bad idea to do a disk defrag to re-order the data on disk. And turn on your Indexing service to make searches much quicker.
The noise should worry you. Most hard-drives only make a slight hum as they spin, like a CD/DVD drive. If it is clicking or grinding or whistling then it is time to start backing up your info to cd's and saving up for a new drive.
From what you've described, it sounds like you have an external drive, rather than an internal. A clicking noise generally emplies hard drive failure, but sometimes the problem could be the actual USB cable. Have that switched and if the problem persists, try running WD's diagnostic software for any fatality. This will only work if the drive is visible in disk management (not necessarily my computer).
You need to do a full backup of everything on that hard drive.
Once you've done that, depending on the drive manufacturer, go to their website and find the support section. Most common drives today have diagnostic software that you can download and test the drive for error.
If you want to run a quick test within your operating system, (I'm assuming it's Windows) Click on My Computer
Right click on the drive that's making the noise possible C:\ Local Disk
Go down to Properties and click
Go to tools tab
Click on Check Now in the Error Checking section
Click on both check boxes to repair and recover bad sectors.
If this finds no problems, then it maybe that the drive is just getting old, either case, you're best off to check for errors, and go to the manufacturer's site for additional help.
Usually, the clicking means your hard drive is about to fail. Unfortunately, there is no much you can do about it. Since your PC is 4 months old, you should still be under warranty. Just ask them to replace it.
If they won't, you can get pick a brand new one online at decent prices.
Very unlikely that you are hearing any fan turn off and on since these are temperature controlled varable speed devices, not serviced by a relay that you can hear.
Some hard drives are audible even when working normally so that is not necessarily a sign of a dying drive.
Check your system settings to see if the drive is set to park and turn off too often.
I keep mine set at 30 minutes so it isn't cycling more than needed or running all the time.
Loud Clicking CAN be a symptom of a failing hard drive. Generally it is also associated with a boot failure though (It is called the Click of Death). If the system is booting normally, there may be a different source for the noise. Most desktop systems have a minimum of 2 cooling fans, higher powered ones can have 5 or more. Many moving parts in the system can cause a click.
I would suggest you remove the side cover of the tower, and see if you can localize the source of the noise. (The instructions for your system can be found on http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/siteHome?dlc=en&lc=en&cc=us
Once you localize the source of the noise, you can address the problem.