Western Digital WD153BA making loud clicking noise

MY Western Digital WD153BA HDD has started making loud clicking noises at random intervals. It was suggested that there may have been a clash between BIOS and Win98 power management settings so I disabled all of them. The noise still persists.
I have an AOPen AK33 motherboard with a Duron CPU, running Win98SE.

Any suggestions ?
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  1. 1) Backup whatever is important on that drive IMMEDIATELY!

    2) Download the <A HREF="http://support.wdc.com/download/#dlgtools" target="_new">Western Digital Diag tools</A> and test the drive. If it fails RMA it.

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  2. Loud clicking noises usually indicate your drive interface (part of the drive) is failing.

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