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The read write head of the hard drive won't stay over the disk to read. each time it goes over the disk it returns to its original position causing the clicking sound.

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A dirty hard first clean all of the dust from your computer using a fine air blower from an air compressor making sure there is no moisture in the air line then give the hard drive a firm tap on one side to free up the read arm
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