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Computer won't detect hard drive, and clicking noise

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February 24, 2012 6:35:57 PM

So, I just setup my new rig today, and everything is working great and very silently. However, the only thing that doesn't seem to want to work, is my hard drive. It won't be detected by my computer, and it makes this weird almost silent clicking sound. It's not a fast clicking or a slow clicking, it's about moderate.

It's a sata hard drive, so I have the sata power connector connected and the sata data cable connected to my motherboard in slot #2, because my DVD drive is in slot #1.

Anyways, could it be that my hard drive is dead? I have an Ultra 550W Dual 12V Rail power supply, and the only other thing that I could think of that really eats up power is my Radeon 6870.

Could it also be that the HDD LED's are not hooked up correctly to the motherboard?

February 24, 2012 6:53:48 PM

Btw, I have an Asus P8H61 motherboard, an an i3-2120 CPU, LG super multi DVD drive, radeon hd 6870, 4GB kingston HyperX memory, and an Ultra 550W Dual 12V Rail PSU.

Am I asking too much of this PSU? I really thought it was enough...

Also, everything powers on except the hard drive, or at least everything is detected. I get graphics from the graphics card, the motherboards menu pops up, which obviously means the CPU is working as well. The DVD drive works because I put in XP in there, all 4 fans work, idk what's going on.
a b G Storage
February 24, 2012 6:54:55 PM

usually an unaccessible & clicking hdd means a dead hdd.

what model hdd is it?
did you buy it off the shelf or have it shipped?
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February 24, 2012 7:03:27 PM

Yes, the only time I have ever heard a ticking problem was with a bad hard drive. I would try another and see if it is any diff.
Also if you have another pc that you can plug your drive into, go into disk mgmt and see if you can find it and if so make sure that it is formated correctly. I have had that make a diff.
February 24, 2012 7:19:20 PM

Damn.. this hard drive was literally working a week ago. It's a 250GB Barracuda hdd in pretty nice condition. This sucks. I don't have another hard drive to try in my computer, I only have another computer to put this hard drive in and its being used right now. :( 
February 24, 2012 7:40:20 PM

It works... I flipped the red switch on the back of the power supply to 230V or whatever, and now it works. What did I have it on before? I don't get it...
February 24, 2012 8:07:12 PM

Hey, as long as it works. LoL