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Windows 7: Hard drive fail?

24 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Hard drive fail?

When i'm using my computer and sometimes on start up my hard drive will make this repeating ticking sound...(tick, tick, tick, tick) and freeze up the computer.

Then when the hard drive stops the sound the computer will return to its normal state.

Is this a hard drive fail? Will i have to buy a new one?

160gb sata, toshiba a215

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24 Jul 2010   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Most of my tick, tick, ticking HD's won't even boot. But when they have just started ticking it is usually a bad sign. Back up NOW !
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24 Jul 2010   #3
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Before buying a new one start by cleaning you computer. Get all the dust and grit off of the fans and inside of it.
Then get it backed up ASAP and or save all important items on thumb drive.
Let us know how it is working.
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24 Jul 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Is this the noise your HD is making?
Normally you will not hear the HD.
YouTube - Hard Drive Click of Death Explanation and Live Demonstration
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24 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Sometimes you can fix the drive by replacing the circuit board. This video shows you how to fix the drive and where to get a circuit board for your harddrive.
YouTube - DIY: How to repair a clicking damaged hard drive
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