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Hitachi Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises

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October 11, 2011 12:26:11 AM

Hey guys,

My 500GB Hitachi Hard Drive is roughly a month and a half old. Today, it started making clicking noises (the same clicking noises as in the click of death). However, the hard drive still works and there is no whirring/screeching noises coming from the drive.

The clicking noises also only occur every few minutes. They usually click 2-3 times. Should I be worried?

I've created an image of my computer and I'm going to back it up to an external hard drive. If the internal hard drive does die out on me, will my computer be able to recognize the external hard drive? (the internal hard drive will be dead, so there will be no drivers, I assume?)

Thanks!
Brian

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October 11, 2011 2:39:12 AM

i have a Hitachi to and when i Run a virus scan it clicks once or twice then settles down. and when i torrent it will click intermittently and its been doing this for about a year now and ive never had any problems

safe bet is to back up files
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October 11, 2011 2:45:52 AM

Thanks for the reply!

Is the click that you get a normal soft click that occurs in hard drives when they're reading/writing data, or is more of a "knocking" click? (The knocking click I'm talking about is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwYSdD4fyRU)

Yes, I've backed up my files just in case. :) 
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October 11, 2011 2:58:57 AM

The clicks from the YouTube video are horrible!!

but my HDD makes a middle ground click some are soft and UN-noticble unless your in that horror movie quite mode

and sometimes its REALLY noticeably and it catches your attention

but other than that no problems with any day to day activites
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October 11, 2011 3:09:10 AM

My clicks are like the one from the YouTube video, just softer and nowhere as often (they only occured every few minutes). My hard drive actually stopped making clicking noises. I'm not sure why, but for the past hour, it stopped clicking every few minutes. I'm going to assume that it does that strange thing where hardware magically works again.

Thanks for your replies, I'll select you as the best answer because you were the only answerer. :) 
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October 11, 2011 3:09:18 AM

Best answer selected by iBriian.
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October 11, 2011 3:12:19 AM

thanks for the selection

hope it keeps working for ya i know dying HDD ruins a day
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October 13, 2011 1:24:10 PM

iBriian said:
Hey guys,

My 500GB Hitachi Hard Drive is roughly a month and a half old. Today, it started making clicking noises (the same clicking noises as in the click of death). However, the hard drive still works and there is no whirring/screeching noises coming from the drive.

The clicking noises also only occur every few minutes. They usually click 2-3 times. Should I be worried?

I've created an image of my computer and I'm going to back it up to an external hard drive. If the internal hard drive does die out on me, will my computer be able to recognize the external hard drive? (the internal hard drive will be dead, so there will be no drivers, I assume?)

Thanks!
Brian


Heres a little story i had a Rampage ii extreme - I7 920 and four seagate 1gb hadrives. I set the computer up with 2 HD on the sata raid ports in 0. Then the other HD and 2 cd drives on the ports. I got a whine pitch noise and Hard Drive clicking noises from time to time. The computer would hang or sometimes when i restarted there would be HD errors. I changed the Controller options in Win7 took of the advanced and write back options. Still didnt work the intell Raid program would show errors and sometimes drop the raid. Called ASUS and they thought the Southbridge was bad. Had it repaired and put it all back together still same problem.

Replaced the board with Gigabyte X58 UDR3 in rebuilding the computer. The first start up no second set of drives. On the Gigabyte board theres three controllers GA-Intel-Jmicron 6g on the GA controller raid. The cd rom drives on the intel controllers. The 2 other drives on the GA non 6gb ports. I said great i got another bad board or something. So in moving things around i hit the power cable for the 2 drives and they clicked like crazy. But they now showed up and worked badley but worked. I have a Ultra x3 1000 watt power supply with modular cables. Well the port for the cable on the PS really lose fit. So i used a regular 4pin 5volt with sata drive connectors. Started the computer up and everything is fine and no whinning or clicking noise.

I feel that the rail for the sata drive in the PS is no good or the port you plug the cable into is bad. Everything is fine now and no problems. No one ever thought to look at the PS because everything worked including the ATI X2 4800 thats needs tons of power. The computer is stable and the only problem i had was the clicking and hangups. The other board was fine all along. So i spent 200 dollars for nothing except i got usb 3.0 and 6gb HD connections that the rampage ii didnt have. I went from a 400 dollar board to a 200 dollar board with no really cool looking heat sinks and the lcd poster. And most of the software on the board and the creative X-fi MB edition was nice touch but stupid. Why couldnt they just give a full creative X-fi instead of just adding the electronics to the little PCIEX1 thingy.

I had a used power supply in the house that was a 800 watt PS. I could have saved my self allot of trouple by hooking that up. I would have found out it was the PS first place. So check the power cables on any whinning noises or hard drive clicking. Or if your computer hangs for no reason and you get HD errors.
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October 13, 2011 2:51:44 PM

now a PSU that is quite intresting

i hear my HDD clicking away now as i torrent a file from s friend but it never comes up with any errors on it
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January 9, 2013 8:07:01 PM

There is a nice litte program called Hard Disk Sentinel, that tells you all about your hard drives health etc.
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January 9, 2013 8:36:17 PM

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