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Hard Drive: Click of Death? (Edit: possibly more general problem)

DelzhandDelzhand Registered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
My hard drive has recently started clicking. Some preliminary google research indicates that the sound it makes is sorta like the "Click of Death", but it isn't constant. It will just click a handful of times, but it's getting more frequent.

I found some information suggesting a heavily fragmented drive will do this, but my defragger runs on a regular schedule.

It's a 4-5 year old Dell Inspiron laptop, and I don't know if it is in fact the hard drive, or if failure is imminent. I've got my most important data backed up on an external.

There aren't any performance issues with the laptop that can't be explained by it's age or specs. Even when I hear the clicking it's not like there's any noticeable performance chance.

Any ideas?

Edit: As I was switching tabs around, it almost seemed to start clicking in response to big on-screen changes. Sometimes the screensaver coming up starts it too, but I can't reproduce it.

Delzhand on
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - November Elzhand (Sargatanas)


  • soxboxsoxbox Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    First step should be getting something to view your SMART stats on your drive.

    Maybe http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm ?

    See whether there's any error stats.

  • DelzhandDelzhand Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    It says all the values are OK.

    Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - November Elzhand (Sargatanas)
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