computer freezing after noise

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madmaxmadog

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Okay, so i've had this Computer for about 3 years i think. Recently I have this problem with it freezing,mostly whilst running games, but even when running programs like winrar or just copying some files. The common denominator in these freezes has been a clicking noise coming from my comp. I can hear it clearly since the lid is off(keep it off because i had problems with over-heating),also if i wait I get a BSOD (the only thing i remember about it is the last line "beginning memory dump" or something like that) . Also restarting doesn't solve the problem because it can't find my IDE drives while rebooting...the only way to solve the problem is to turn it off completely and turn it on again. Please give me any opinions you might have. My operating system is Windows XP SP3, i have an Intel Celeron with 3.06 Ghz and 512 mb ddram(i think). My video card is a NVidia FX 5200.
Nothing else to add except thank you in advance.
Oh, yeah one more thing, I can actually make the computer freeze myself by moving it or just hitting it.
 

Frank4d

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The clicking noise and errors finding your IDE drive tells me your hard drive is probably on its way out. I would start backing up your important data if you haven't already, before its too late.
 

Frank4d

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You can copy the entire hard drive contents to a new one. That would avoid having to reinstall everything, if done quickly enough.
 
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