Sometimes, with no apparent reason, there's a loud repetitive clicking noise coming from the disk.
I ran several diagnosis tools and none found any bad sectors or things like that.
I ran Maxtor's PowerMax and anything you can imagine, defragged the disk and nothing happened.
Some time ago I changed this drive to slave, and booted WinXP from another HD. Now I just access files on the problematic drive, not the system anymore, and the blue screens of death stopped appearing.
Anyway, although the problem got less frequent, it is still there.
I used to believe that excess heat was causing this, because my case was always displaying warnings. I boutgh a HDD cooler and at the first boot the noises came up again.
I dont know if it has anything to do with it, but I'm a pretty heavy bittorrent user, first with BitComet and now with uTorrent.
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Re: Can't find the cause for clicking noise and BSOD
From what I've read, the "clicking" is a sign that the
hard drive is about to fail. The cause is using two
devices (hard drives, CD-ROM drives, etc.) with different
read/write speeds on the same IDE cable. For instance,
you MUST not have an ATA100, ATA66, or ATA33 hard drive
or CD-ROM drive on the same IDE cable as a faster ATA133
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If your computer came with a recovery disk, insert the disk into the optical drive and power the laptop down. On the initial boot screen, select BOOT Options by pressing, typically, F4, F8, F10, or F12 (Each computer is different).
Tell your computer to start up using the "CD/DVD", and run Windows Repair from the recovery disk.
If you do not have a recover disk, remove the battery and the power cord for a few minutes (Let all the power drain out of the motherboard, replace and restart.
As a last resort, you may have to reinstall Windows. If you install Windows 7, there is an option when selecting a drive to install on (You can't miss it) that will backup your files prior to the installation.
If you hear a repetitive clicking noise from the disk, I'm afraid it will no longer work. That is an indication that the disk's heads are failing to read from the disk, or in other words that the disk is faulty.
If it's still under warranty you could (and should) get it replaced. Hope you have a backup of all the important files in it!
Hi. Loud clicking noises from the rear wheels are usually caused by movement of the square steel key that fits into a groove on the axle inside the wheel hub. This is what drives the wheels.
You will probably get a click for each revolution of the wheels.
To fix it, remove the rear wheels and wipe a thin smear of grease on the key and axle, then replace the wheels.
The grease will allow the key to move slightly without making a noise, and help stop it from wearing.
It sometimes helps to also remove the front wheels, and wipe a thin smear of grease onto the front stub axles. There is no key in the front hubs, but the grease helps to prevent the bearings siezing on to the axles.
Good luck. Neil.
If you can hear a click (quite loud) from the engine compartment, but
the starter won't crank, this also could be caused by discharged
battery.Battery problems - Discharged or dead battery is one of
the possible reasons for a car not to start. Very common is the
situation when we forget to turn the lights off overnight (the dome
light, for example), which causes the battery to drain. In this case
when attempting to start a car, all you will probably hear will be a
clicking noise - there won't be enough power to turn the starter.
Here is the simple way to check if the battery is discharged: Turn the
ignition on. With the engine off, turn the windshield wipers on. If
they move way too slow, much slower than usual, the battery is probably
Also look at the dashboard lights - if they appear very dim, the battery
is probably discharged.
If the battery is relatively new, it can be recharged. All you need
to do is to boost your car and let the engine run for a while to charge
However if your battery is more than three-four years
old, you will probably need to buy a new one. Sometimes, an old battery
may even die with no apparent reason, even if the day before it was OK.
If the battery is OK, the starter solenoid, starter
cables or the starter motor itself could be a problem.
The fan noise has two reasons: one is that ice forms around them causing strain on the disk brush in the middle, which wares down the brush causing the fan to go out of balance, this causing the loud whinning and sometimes high pitched squilling. This happens when the unit is six months to a year old. The first thing that is suggested by the manufacturer is to let the unit be unplugged for twenty-four hours, allowing the ice to melt from around the fans. It has been my experience that this is only a short term fix. You can repeat this every other month until the revolutions per minute of the fans is so reduced that they no longer supply enough air ciculation to cool the refrigerator or the freezer. The solution to this problem is to replace these fans about once a year. Unless the noise does not bother you.