Hard drive clicking noise, intermittent Tags: Hard Drives External USB Storage Last response: July 22, 2012 6:29 PM in Storage Share scottalbany 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. More about : hard drive clicking noise intermittent timinator 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. scottalbany 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. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer nhasian a b G Storage 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. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumIntermittent clicking noise but diagnostics show drive is OK! ForumHitachi Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises ForumIntermittent Buzzing Noise ? ForumBuffalo LinkStation makes intermittent clicking noise ForumH60 Water Pump making Hard Drive clicking noise ? ForumHard Drive makes soft clicking noise when idling ForumIntermittent Hard Drive Problems on Boot ForumNew video card, clicking noise from hard drive ? ForumNeed to discover which hard drive is making noise (intermittently) ForumWhy is the hard drive making a clicking noise when typing ForumHard Drive Makes Clicking Noise After Replacing Logic Board ForumNew HD 5750 card, clicking noise from hard drive ?? ForumIs it possible to install windows on a external hdd?????? ForumI have a seagate external hard drive that is recognized by my computer but i can ForumSystem cannot recognize hard drive after crush. Forum[Solved] Hard Drive Cooler? ForumNew Seagate 3TB internal hard drive running very slow - help? Forum[Solved] Flash drive showing full ForumUSB Drive not formatting, allowed to erase, move, or anything.... ForumHp pavilion dv6000 optical dvd drive not reading More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !