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Possible HDD failure?

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February 19, 2012 12:47:49 AM

I am posting this issue here since I'm reasonably sure that the issue is with my HDD.

So for the past day now, I have been hearing muffled clicks coming from case. It seems to come from behind my two front fans, which is were my HDD is stored. With these clicks comes a noticeable slow down in performance. Start-up time, shut down time, applications stop responding (Firefox), games take much longer to load/don't load at all. I've had 2 errors when booting up, prompting a self repair program. The clicking doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, the drop in performance occurs.

The source/timing of the clicking and the fact that it is a refurbished HDD are my main two reasons for thinking it's HDD related.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions I am more that open to it. If all else fails, I will probably grab a new HDD.

Thanks for the help, and let me know if any additional info is needed.

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February 19, 2012 1:28:30 AM

It sounds like your HDD is failing; get a new HDD and clone the old one to it, unless you want to do a clean install and then try to save your data from the failing HDD.
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February 19, 2012 1:48:26 AM

Okay. Fortunately I don't have a lot on here that isn't easily replaced. Time to start hunting for new drives. Not sure if I want to go SSD for now, then get a data HDD later, or get the HDD now and maybe upgrade in the future.
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February 19, 2012 2:57:09 AM

Go SSD if you can do without the space. SSD OS drive and HDD storage drive is definitely the best combo if you have the space. Even a bargain bin SSD will be notably faster as boot and program load.
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February 19, 2012 3:23:11 AM

Any brands to avoid/look at? Probably won't spend much more than $100.
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February 19, 2012 3:56:20 AM

For ordinary HDD you should have no problem with any brand while for SSD do look for Intel at the moment.
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February 26, 2012 12:25:09 AM

Best answer selected by buu11235.
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