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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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  • thejzone May 01, 2010

    Hey thanks for your help,

    I fear it's too late though, now my computer won't stop rebooting itself regardless of what hard drive I plug in, it gives me the "Windows didn't start ... please use the up and down keys to choose .... safe mode, safe mode with network, command prompt start windows normally, last know configuration"

    Regardless of what I choose it's start to load then there will be a beep and it'll be as if I just turned on the computer, the bios info will be there and I will get lead back to the windows didn't start screen.


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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.
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