My computer makes clicking noises sometimes and than it freezes for few seconds. Everything stops responding and then everything is fine after 1 minute. I think that the sound comes from the hard drive? It was happening to me a month ago, then it stopped, and now it is happening again. Do I need to buy a new HD? I have dual core 3.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM.
Answer by Tim Fontana · Sep 14, 2010 at 01:57 PM
if the sound is coming from the hard drive then the hard drive has shut down and you are waiting for it to turn back on i had the same issue when my hard drive was starting up this fixed it
Answer by djmoore711 · Sep 14, 2010 at 02:36 PM
You need to take the cover off the System Unit and see exactly where the sound is coming from to determine if the drive is failing or not. To be the safest, if you haven't done so, please back up all your user data at the early possible time you can!
Answer by NoncDavid · Sep 14, 2010 at 03:20 PM
Before you even begin to consider the OS,look for 2 major faults. 1> Heat/cooling issues. Bad,inadequate or absent ventilation and/or a poorly cooled machine can cause intermittent locks or hangs.Open the box,check the fan and vac all the dust and other crap.Let it run with the cover off and see what happens IF the fan[s] and other ventilation is OK. People miss this all the time- I clean my machines every month and I get longer life out of them.And no, cleaning the power supply vents doesn't cut it. OPEN THE BOX, clean it up and look at the fan[s]. I never run a machine with a single fan on the chip and I don't trust a heat sinks at all. Chips get HOT;keep them cool and clean.
2> clean up the drive and test. Dells,HPs and many other machines have test utilities built in. Other HD utilities are easy to find. Who mfg'd the drive? Go to thier website- they always have test utilities.
3> Got a bad-ass video accelerator? They run hot too. Heat + heat + heat equels trouble. Now go to the OS and check your file structure. If its a Windows machine with a factory install or the install is over a year old, back up your data,make sure you have the programs to reinstall and NUKE it.
Have fun.Let us know how the deal works out,man! dc
Answer by roguekiller23231 · Sep 14, 2010 at 03:24 PM
i had this exact same thing happen, the drive is going to die so get one as soon as possible and get your data off of it.
Ahsampoo HDD control http://download.cnet.com/Ashampoo-HDD-Control/3000-2086_4-10929035.html
it's a tril program, but it will tell you the SMART status of your drive. mine had problem with the 'read error rate' attribute. was returned to manufacturer as it was still under warrenty.
if you have more then one drive, this will show you each drives attribues.
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