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My HDD is making a clicking sound when on load?


joel.monteiro
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This problem started like 2 to 3 days a go,the computer isnt running slow, while booting into windows or scanning the drive it makes these weird clicking like sound,im scared i might lose my data ,its a Seagate 1 TB 7200.12,i bought it almost a year ago,was working flawlessly till now,i had just installed Kaspersky Internet security a week ago,my friend told me that Kaspersky causes hdd to malfunction due to the scanning,is this true?Should i back up my data?or any other suggestions? :dunno:

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The first action to take should be a backup.

Just do it for safety's sake. Loud noises are likely indicators of trouble.

As for boot and scans, yes, that is the most active time for the drive (searching the platters and such)

Has it lost its seating in the case housing or something that would allow it to being vibrating? This could be why your noticing it.

I cant comment on Kaspersky being a culprit.

Anyone else?

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This is what killed my laptop. You sir have the click of death. What could be happening is that the head of the HDD is hitting the platter. This is most likely the end of your HDD's life. You can read more about it here: Click of Death

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Thats the same :vmad: sound but its not that loud,there was almost 72 GB free so i tried deleting a few Softwares and i did disk clean up, i got like 115 GB free,and then the clicking sound is gone, no clicking noise?Any thoughts?

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I once dropped a HD while it was reading data...needless to say it died but the main indicator of it dying was a loud clicking sound when accessing the drive. After sending it to a data recovery specialist, I was told not to keeping trying to access the drive because every time I did, the head would scrape against the platters and corrupt data. In other words I would lose data every time I used it.

Stop, back up, and if you don't mind possibly losing whatever data you add to the drive, use it if the clicking has stopped. If you're only accessing already backed up data, you've got nothing to lose right? If you are writing new data...BEWARE :evilgrin:

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It would probably still be safe to transfer to a new hard drive if you can. There is no telling if the problem will come back or not.

Ill have to purchase an 2 TB external HDD,Which company's externals are reliable WD,Seagate,Transcend?

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Just like any product field, people will take endless hours to defend their preference and denounce the competition.

 

 

Top brand competitors include:

 

Western Digital

Seagate

Samsung

 

Trouble yourself on getting a good deal price wise. WD and Seagate make up a core chunk of the market, so just hunt after them....or whatever you have good experience with.

Take a browse through some of the forum posts in the HD section, and you can get an idea what model of drive you like (WD Blue/Black/Green etc) and the benifits of their specs.

 

 

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