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Hard Drive Thrashing? Maybe?
Okay, so here's a quick rundown of what I'm experiencing.
Issue: Hard drive in Windows 7 64-bit is going completely crazy. Lots of clicking and clanking. Takes forever to load anything, and sometimes it just flat out throws up a BSOD and that's pretty much all she wrote. The system was originally on Windows 8.1 64-bit when this issue started. There was a 1TB SATA drive that began the clicking and clanking, which led me to believe the HDD was about to combust. Well, I snagged a different HDD. I put a new 500GB HDD in the system and figured I would go back to Windows 7 64-bit. So I did. Within a couple hours of getting all of my programs reinstalled, the clicking and clanking began again.
What I've Done: Updated motherboard BIOS. Installed SATA controller drivers (In Win8 and Win7). Fiddled with CMOS settings (things like eXtreme HDD, whatever that is, and SATA mode, AHCI, IDE, etc). I've changed SATA cables. I've changed SATA ports. I've reset the CMOS (many many times).
As I type this, the 500GB HDD is making god awful noises as if the reader head is smacking against the drive casing. I'm at a loss. I've googled and I've googled, but apparently nobody else is having an issue like mine. I'm reaching out and hoping someone can shine some light on this situation. I can't afford to lose my computer since I need it to work from home. What am I missing? Event Viewer in Win8 was throwing up an error along the lines of JRAID Disk0/1/2 not responding, so it shut the disk down. Win7 has no such issues with this new drive, but I'm still getting the same exact issues: loud HDD noises, extremely slow loading, and programs just timing out completely. I don't recall changing anything back in Windows 8.1 to cause this, and considering I've switched HDDs completely, I'm drawing a blank.