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Laptop Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wolong, May 11, 2008.

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  1. wolong

    wolong Thread Starter

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    I have a Compaq laptop that had a bad hard drive (a 40gb Seagate Momentus 4200.2). I replaced the HD and reinstalled the OS and laptop is working fine. But I'm wondering what's wrong with the old HD and if it can be fixed. If I connect it to my desktop, using my "S-ATA&IDE-to-USB" adapter, the HD spins-up but just makes continuous clicking noise and is not recognized as a new device by the desktop's XP operating system. Is the hardware bad or is there a boot file that is corrupt? I'm looking for suggestions - thanks - Bill in Maryland
     
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    I've never actually found out why a hard drive clicks like that, but it almost always means impending failure. It could be as simple as burning out to malfunctioning or defective hardware.

    There are "remedies" that I've heard of, some ridiculous some not meant for the average person, like replacing the hard drive controller or swapping the platter with a working one. Both are really difficult and could be time consuming. When you get the clicking, the best thing to do is backup your stuff and buy a new HDD.
     
  3. wolong

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    Thanks for the reply. Yeh, I don't have much hope for this drive. I suspect that the master boot record (MBR) is corrupted. What I plan to do next is see if there is a way to test and fix the MBR without having to put the bad drive back in the laptop.
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    The read/write heads no longer work so a software fix is no longer possible. It's what we know as "the click of death".
     
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    Having never experienced "The Click of Death" with a hard drive, I cannot say whether this shadetree method applies to your case, but what have you got to lose???

    I have, more than once, placed a non-functioning hard drive in a plastic bag, then placed said bag in the freezer overnight. Then the next morning, hook it up and sometimes (not always) had some amount of time to retrieve some files I needed. The time varied (when it worked) as much as a few minutes to a couple of hours. I could speculate on the why, but I really don't have specific knowledge in that regard.

    Raybro
     
  6. ChRoNo16

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    I dont believe its a click of death, I have many laptops and they all click. I think its just the way a laptop HD is....

    Mine have been working fine and have been doing that for like two years
     
  7. Alex Ethridge

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    If yours is clicking and has been for two years, it isn't the "click of death". It won't go on for that long.

    If you ever hear "the click of death", probably distinctly different from your two-year click, and then have a soon-to-follow failure, you'll never forget that sound. All hard disks have a tickity-tick sound as they search for data and that is distinctly different.
     
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    If yours is clicking and has been for two years, it isn't the "click of death". It won't go on for that long.

    If you ever hear "the click of death", probably distinctly different from your two-year click, and then have a soon-to-follow failure, you'll never forget that sound. All hard disks have a tickity-tick sound as they search for data and that is distinctly different.
     
  9. ChRoNo16

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    I know the difference, idk, I think the best option is to find an external HD for backing things up, as far as the laptops hd itself, all you can really do is to try and be gentle when you use it or take it on the go.
     
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