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HDD making clicking noise/will not boot into windows

Hard drive started making a clicking noise a week ago and now it will not boot into windows. I have tried going into safe mode but "blue screen" flashes and the machine restarts.

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  • Javieres Feb 13, 2008

    Hard drive started making a clicking noise and now it will not boot into windows. I have tried going into safe mode but "blue screen" flashes and the machine restarts.

  • KIMLAM Feb 24, 2008


  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2008

    Hard Drive making clicking noise and Window shut down computer. Some times computer doesnot start

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2008

    Hard Drive making clicking noise and Window shut down computer

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    We have encountered the same problem, and this is the SECOND time it has happened. The first hard drive started to fail and was replaced before it completely failed. That was NINE months ago. The "new" hard drive just started to click and fail about 10 days ago. It is now nearly unreadable. The 5 year warranty on the drive is no consolation.

    It appears that these Sony Vaio VGCV 517G machines have s serious design flaw: they fail to cool the hard drive, and actually facilitate serious heat build up around the poorly located single hard drive. The hard drive is sealed in a metal box behind where the cooling occurs, and it does not get much airflow at all.

    At this point, the best thing for this computer looks like trying to boot it off of an EXTERNAL drive so that the drive can stay cool. Trying to sort out whether the BIOS can boot from a firewire drive, or whether we'll just have to put a longer IDE cable on it and affix it outside the case to keep it cool...



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The clicking noise will be the platelettes or the head trying to park inside the hardrive. there isn't a lot you can do ;if you can no longer boot into windows, the hard drive will need replacing and you may not be able to see anything from it unless you have a usb to ide cable adapter to view any files. You may be able to retrieve your important documents from it by fitting the drive as a slave drive after you have installed the new one as a master.

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HDD making clicking noise/will not boot into windows

do you see anything when you press the on button?
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resetting, due to the brain inside finding gross errors.!
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If you ran the software for S.M.A.R.T, it bleeds red errors like mad.
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there are also, great software you can buy to get all data. (may)
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you will have to do a fresh install on to a new SSD (best choice)
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