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Hard drive clicking noise, intermittent

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July 22, 2012 5:39:39 PM

I have a 250gb slave IDE hard drive that makes a loud clicking noise, and will cause my system to freeze.

However, when I put the same drive into an external USB chassis, I get no clicking noise, and I can transfer files with no problem at all.

Any experience or suggestions as to what the cause is? I replaced the IDE cable, but the issue continues.

I'm quite sure a new drive is probably in order, but I thought finding the problem might minimize my downtime.
July 22, 2012 6:16:07 PM

When in doubt run a SMART utility on the drive. If it's a Western Digital, you can download the Data Lifeguard Diagnostics software from their web page.
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July 22, 2012 6:28:47 PM

I'll try it both in the USB chassis and installed. However, sometimes I cannot boot when the slave drive is installed.

It's a Windows 2000 system that's served me well for many years.
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July 22, 2012 6:29:41 PM

that's what we call the 'click of death' you are going to want to backup your data from the drive and replace it asap.
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