Samsung F3 1TB dying?

Hi, my samsung hdd of almost 18 months is starting to act weird recently.
On bootup, I can hear ticking sounds something that goes like tik-tik-tik about 4 times then nothing would show up on the monitor but I can hear the hdd still running.
I had to turn off and on a few times until it boots up normally.
Is this a sign of my hdd dying or is it something else? Thanks.
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  1. It certainly could be, that clicking is the heads smacking up against something and likely soon they will just keep doing that and not work at all. First get all important data off the drive and back it up immediately. Then contact Samsung for an RMA to get a replacement.
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