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28 Apr 2011  

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
"Clicking" sound after performing Windows updates

Hi there, new to the forums and thought I'd ask this question since I can't seem to find any real answer on here via search or on Google.

My computer tower has begun recently making a "clicking" noise on Restart/Shutdown and I am having trouble finding out if it is my HDD or my PSU making the noise.

The weird problem is, it doesn't make the click noise on a fresh install of Windows 7, and also does not make the noise when I installed Ubuntu linux as a test.

It only starts making the click noise on a restart/shutdown after installing Windows updates.

Other than that, my PSU and HDD both perform as if they were brand new. I am having no power issues, and my HDD is reading/writing perfectly fine and has passed both diagnostics and surface checks.

EDIT: I seem to have found the culprit, it was a faulty and outdated AMD SATA controller driver provided by Windows update. Installed 11.4 AHCI SATA controller and the clicking has now stopped.
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