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. m 0 l 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. m 0 l 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. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Intermittent clicking noise but diagnostics show drive is OK! Forum SolvedSecond hard drive making loud clicking noise and PC failing to boot Forum SolvedHard Drive constantly blinking and making clicking noise Forum SolvedPc Clicking Noise Hard Drive or PSU? Forum SolvedHard Drive makes soft clicking noise when idling Forum Hard drive makes clicking noise then freezes or BSOD Forum Weird clicking noise from hard drive Forum SolvedHard Drive Makes Clicking Noise After Replacing Logic Board Forum VIDEO! - Stuck Hard Drive (Ticking / Clicking noise) Need HELP! Forum Hard Drive making Clicking noise Forum Sony Vaio S Series: "clicking" noise from hard drive Forum Help! DRAM light, little clicking noise from Hard Drive on boot Forum Hard drive clicking noise. Forum SolvedUEFI and Windows 7 Won't find hard drive plus clicking noises Forum Computer won't detect hard drive, and clicking noise Forum Why is the hard drive making a clicking noise when typing Forum New HD 5750 card, clicking noise from hard drive?? Forum Why hard drive makes clicking noise Forum Hard Drive makes clicking noise and like old modem Forum New video card, clicking noise from hard drive? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !