The L100 started making strange noises recently. It is difficult to describe. At first, it seemed like a noise only a speaker could produce (like when cell phone activity causes interference) and it is also a bit like varying high-pitched mechanical noises. Once the noise started when the computer booted up and went away on its own a while after getting into vista. Now it is constant and the computer is running slowly. Is it time to back everything up and replace the hard drive?
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Re: Internal Hard Drive noise
It only means that your hard drive is experiencing bad sectors and it might become a mechanical problem which eventually the device should be replaced once the hard drive cannot be read or detected anymore. there is no solution to it.. all you have to do is wait.
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Hi, Any strange noise like excessive clicking, grinding, some weird sounds etc. actually indicate a failing hard drive.
Failing hard drives often show warning signs of their imminent demise.
If you're lucky enough to see or hear one of these signs, stop what
you're doing and immediately back up your data. They say prevention is better than cure so if your computer's hard disk is making some strange clicking sounds, BACK UP YOUR DATA IMMEDIATELY (As the drive is not operating smooth and may fail anytime). After making backup of your important data on CD/DVD or External Drive, you may scan the drive for surface errors, format it and see if it works properly or not. It would be better if you seek professional assistance for examination of the disk.
Hard drives are mostly under warranty for at least one year. Claim warranty, if possible. Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya! CreativeTECH
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).
There are actually a number of problems that you could be describing, but without having an actual "hands-on" diagnostic performed by an Apple-authorized technician it would be difficult to provide you with a definitive answer.
Among some of the most common reasons why any device with a hard drive would make a grinding (or clicking) noise are the possibility of loose internal components and/or a failing hard drive. The battery itself should not be making any noise, as most batteries typically contain no moving parts.
If you are still covered by the manufacturer's warranty - or by coverage provided through a third party, such as a Best Buy Performance Service Plan (PSP) - I would strongly suggest contacting Apple directly or your local repair shop for further assistance. Even if you no longer have any kind of coverage, either of these parties should be able to provide you with a diagnostic and more information on how to resolve the problem.