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Thread: Western Digital hard drive clicking, bad?




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    Hard Drive:
    Western Digital 7500RPM 60GB, purchased last summer, new from NewEgg

    Problem: Pretty much since a few months after i got it, i remember it making clicking noises......not all the time, but once and a while. It stoped for a few months, then i stopped using the computer at all for about 2 months. I just started using the computer again a few days ago and it was fine...no clicking....but this morning i wake up all excited because i have a new monitor and stuff and its clicking up a storm!
    It usually clicks a few times if i am searching the hard drive or installing somethin. I have read that clicking is bad, and that usually it means the hard drives gonna die soon, but i dont know about mine. I didnt know it was bad before, it was my first system and i figured that i just had something set wrong because after reinstalling windows it stopped.....but now its back. What should i do? is it in fact bad?
    Will Western Digital replace it even though its been about a year?
    Thanks for any responces...

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    Loud clickin' usually means a dyin' drive but go to WD's website and d/l their diagnostic software, run it and then contact them as the drive may have a 3yr warranty.

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    that's too bad since WD usually make reliable drives

    but do as Wiggo suggests, a clicking HDD is not a good sign. If I were you, I'd start backing up your data ASAP
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    okay i will download that software when i get back from dinner....but as for backing the stuff up, i have nothing worth backing up on the computer so far :-):p thanks for telling me about the software though: peace2:

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    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    so i just download the data lifeguard tools thing?

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    that would be fine - so long as you have a floppy drive
    the diagnostic tools are part of the Data Lifeguard Tools
    They are designed to run from a floppy disk

    there is also a WIN DLG meant to be run under Windows
    I have never tried that
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    last night it started with the 'dumping of physical memory' or whatever and wouldnt reboot...this morning it took half an hour for windows to load, then it froze.....looks like i need to format it and send it back :-/

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    well.. from my experience with WD.. i've had 2 HD failures in a 6 month period.. talk about bad luck. thank god for warranty.

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    Get the lifeguard tools onto a floppy and make sure that the BIOS is set to boot from a floppy and test the hard drive that way as Windows will not get in the way as it won't be loaded. Over the last few years I've only had 1 WD drive die and that was due to a case that wouldn't flow air around it.

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