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Hard drive clicking noise, intermittent
Jul 22, 2012, 5:39 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.
Jul 22, 2012
hard drive clicking noise intermittent
Jul 22, 2012, 6:16 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.
Jul 22, 2012, 6:28 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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Jul 22, 2012, 6:29 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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