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Windows 7: Processing light ends with a click

22 Sep 2011   #1
Wowdude

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Processing light ends with a click

My computer is custom home built and is now approximately 4-5 years old. I have been upgrading it slightly every now and again when I have the money.

I have started playing TF2 again recently which strains my computer. However since last night my computer has started to click. The light on the front panel of the case will come on with high amounts of processing, as with most computers. I have noticed though that when the light goes off, a 'click' can be heard. I don't know whether it could be a problem with the motherboard or just a loose connection somewhere. But surely it shouldn't click?

This is even more concerning to the ear as the light goes on and off very quickly when playing games or using high resource programs as everytime the light goes off the click can be heard.

Any advice, ideas or suggestions as to what it could actually be and/or how I could stop it?

Thanks in advance

Wowdude


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22 Sep 2011   #2
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sounds like your hard disk is failing! Do not use it any futher!

The only thing you should use it for is now to backing up the data when you have a new drive.

These clicks will become more and more frequent untill soon the disk wont be detected by the BIOS!

This happened to my previous system that fits your description:

"My computer is custom home built and is now approximately 4-5 years old. I have been upgrading it slightly every now and again when I have the money."

I did not backup in time and lost all my music and documents (had to do my CV again)!
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22 Sep 2011   #3
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

funilly enough i used to play WoW aswell, it's such a massive install with so many patches and expansions also frequent use of the repair install tool really hammer your hard disk! I blamed wow for my hard drive failure.... (although it would have happened anyway but i'm pretty sure WoW accelerated it).
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22 Sep 2011   #4
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh and it's more like the click is ending your processing light, there should be no problem with the surface of the disk so running scans wont help....
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22 Sep 2011   #5
Wowdude

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Oh my gosh really? Dam. i'm on the computer at the moment. University is just about to start so I kinda need to get this done asap. I have a 500Gb external harddrive (same size as my internal) and my internal isn't full so I will back-up my computer to the external HDD.

Thanks for the quick reply and yes I have been playing WoW for many years...since i've had this computer. The HDD has also taken a lot of thrashing from things like a lot of defrags, scanners, registry repair etc. My last HDD died not so long ago as well....maybe a need a SSD to play WoW?
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22 Sep 2011   #6
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

wow's loading time would certainly benfit from an SSD, but they don come cheap and arent essential. Glad you already have a means of backup! When my drive failed a few years back, my 120GB IDE was still going strong but my SATA150 (or SATA I) was only about 18months old and flopped.
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22 Sep 2011   #7
Wowdude

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Dammit, why are modern HDD so flimsy. I remember when I had my 1st built computer the 64Gb HDD never died. I'm sure I still have it somewhere isn't just too small in capacity to use. I'm uninstalling things at the moment to fit my Internal HDD contents to my Ex HDD and praying it doesn't die inbetween. I also use steam....another HDD thrasher with constant updates.

Thanks so much for your help. Been exactly what I needed and saving me losing my data! Lots of gold stars for you!!

I'll let you know how it goes.....as/when it goes.
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22 Sep 2011   #8
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Programs can be re-installed! just backup your docs, savegame files, usefull stuff in the downloads folder etc, anything that can't just be re-installed. The key here is minimising usage, it only took a few days of light usage before my disk completely failed!
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27 Sep 2011   #9
Wowdude

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hey there!

I've just changed over from my HDD to a new WD 1TB that came today. Installed Vista, then windows 7 over the top, loaded my disk image onto the HDD. No problems so far. The old HDD is still going though so I can still pick up the rest of the files I missed after I made the image.

Thanks again for the help. Saved my ass (and just as importantly my data!)

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27 Sep 2011   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Now that you have the system running as you like it with all software installed, make an image of it so as not to have to install Vista to upgrade to Windows 7 next time.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
An image will let you be up and running in about 30-40 minutes.
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