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Hard drive making grinding sounds

Question: Hard drive making grinding sounds

A hard drive on one of our office computers in making unpleasant sounds--kinda sounds like a car in desperate need of a tuneup

To what culprit, generally, would a loud hard drive be attributable? Does it mean it might be overheating? Or getting ready to die? Haven't had any failures on it thus far. It's behaving fine, just loud--sorta sounds like it's hitting small rocks or something as it spins. What can/should I do to diagnose?

Thanks for everyone's help!

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All of a sudden, my main desktop freezes today while on a webpage, then I can't do anything but power off. When I try to reboot, I get a Disk Boot Error message and the BIOS doesn't recognize the hard disk. To make matters worse, my external backup usb drive won't install on either of my two other systems (just to check it's integrity), as I get a "Device not installed properly" message and it can't be viewed in My Computer.

If I try to reinstall Windows XP, during the install, it doesn't see any hard drive. If I leave my USB external drive attached while trying to install XP on the main internal drive, it does see that external drive and the correct capacity and free space, but can't access it otherwise.

Should I try the freezer trick on the hard drive? If recommended, how long do I leave in the freezer and do I just put it back in the system and try to reboot while it's still cold or do I let it warm back to room temperature first? If that fails, any other suggestions before I head to a store for two new drives?


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not that long ago, my graphics card stated to make grinding sounds on startup... this sound did go away by the time the computer had fully started up, but i was just wondering if this was harming my graphics card in any way.

I found it was comming from the fan, as while it was making the sound, i could just touch the fan, and slow it down, and the noise would go away for a while.

any ideas that dont result in u telling me to get another brand, or new graphics?

ive got a sparkle 6600GT 128MB


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One option is to get an aftermarket cooler for your vid card. Unfortunately, this voids any warranty you might have.

Something like this would do:

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out of nowhere my pc started to make clicking sounds..the sound when you turn on pc and turn it did it for awhile then went away..then hour or so it started to do it again..only sounds like its coming from hard drive..last thing i tried to do was boot up..and it said it couldnt find operating my hard drive a gonner..? and why did it just do it out of nowhere..? it ran fine til it started making the clicking..could it be something else ?

Answer:pc making clicking sounds.hard drive..?

I know what you drive also makes a clicking sound once in a while. Yes, the drive is just happens with age..or maybe it had a defect.

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Hello all.

My hard disk, 500GB, which is dedicated to my most important documents, has begun to make a clicking sound randomly. When this happens my music stutters, and my PC becomes semi unresponsive (OS is fine, files that run from it aren't).

I assume this is the death of my HDD. I also assume the clicking is the data reading arm acting weird.

Do other people think that this ~2 year old drive could be on it's last leg? I use it for many hours a day, it is constantly being accessed for about 16-24 hours a day, and has been formatted over 20 times, and has had 500GB of data copied to and from it just as many times.

I am going to back it up nonetheless onto an identical drive that used to be in RAID1 config with it.

Thank you.

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i tried to install a western digital wd1200 120 gb hard drive, and when i turn on my computer it starts speeding really fast and the hard drive starts clicking loudly i have tried making it the master and slave to fix the problem but to no evail the problem persists is the hard drive possibly damaged? thanx for your time.

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iRelapsed said:

i tried to install a western digital wd1200 120 gb hard drive, and when i turn on my computer it starts speeding really fast and the hard drive starts clicking loudly i have tried making it the master and slave to fix the problem but to no evail the problem persists is the hard drive possibly damaged? thanx for your time.Click to expand...

yeah its broke, hdd arent suppose to make noise like that, you can D/L WD's diagnostic program, it runs from a 1.44fdd or you burn to a bootable CD, it will verify that the drive is damaged and assign you an RMA number.

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Good morning - I am not sure what to hard drive makes moaning sounds then the noise gets real loud and stops. I am at a loss as to what to do...also sometimes my fan stops and then starts again. I look forward to any help I can get KathyM

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I'm guessing you can still operate the pc okay?? And are you positive the sound is coming from the HD? Lot of times the bearings will go out in the power supply fan and make a lot of racket. If it is your hard drive it could be on it's way out. I'm just guessing by the little info you provided. I would restart the pc and try to isolate exactly where the sound is coming from. The reason i say this is on my pc you can't really hear the HD too much since it is in cased in the tower. But I suppose if it was loud enough you could hear it. Try to give me additional info if possible. Have a Blessed day.

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I have an E1 571 laptop, and have been using it with win 10 since its release, had minor issues, but on xmas day ( of all days) my hard drive started making beeping sounds and would not load, only to the boot menu screen but hd did not show up! Picture the scene, taking photos of fam on xmas day and need to load them onto my laptop so i proceed to put my mem stick into laptop, copy photos across to hard drive, but by the time that finished my laptop decided to crash. i rebooted it with no problems but as the laptop settled down it crashed again and has not got past the acer logo screen, before telling me i have a pxe -e61 media test failure blah blah blah ( this is after i have F2ed the hell out of it and changed to legacy bios.)I have tried to see if the hard drive would work on my pc but it makes the same beeping sound and does not show up in 'My computer' Do i need a new hard drive or can i fix this issue by using Backup/restore discs? Which i will need to purchase or can i download from Acer?

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Sadly I haven't heard anything like this before besides someone putting in a USB Memery sitck or different memery card device that was infected with a Virus. I am not saying this is your issue, Could be that your HDD for what ever reason has failed.  I would try and turn on the system and see if you can get to your system Repair by Pressing the ALT-F10 buttons. IF you can I would try and maybe Restore your system off there. However if it don't work it could be that you have a Bad HDD.... When you say you get to your Boot Menu? Are you talking about the Windows Boot where you then would press enter to put in your PIN, Password, or you talking about being able to load into the Bios? If it is your Boot menu, then most likely you could still repair your system. If only into Bios seeing you said your other system don't even see the HDD, and this computer isn't loading... A new HDD may be the next path...  Now on to the software issue. If you have a system and able to DL the Window 10, Burn to a DVD, or USB you can still put Windows 10 back on however what ever software that you use from the old Software that came with your Laptop will not be there. Say if you use a DVD playback software that came with your computer that can be working under 10 with the Update to 10. Wouldn't show up with a Clean install of 10. Also other software and drivers that were loaded will need to be reloaded. Other option is to go to the Acer store and buy the Repair Media that is ... Read more

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Hey guys.My hard drive has been making weird noises of late, and I'm getting quite worried. When the computer is on, it makes a single clicking sound, and everything freezes for a second and then everything works again. This happens randomly. It has started doing this more often now, and I really don't want to end up with a busted hard drive. I have a HDX 18t laptop with a 500gb hard drive. I'm not too sure if they are 2x320 or just 1x500. But what I do know is that they are making weird noises and everything freezes for a brief second immediately after the noise. My laptop is pretty new. About 4 months old now. So still well under warranty. I ran the BIOS hard drive test (the complete long one) but it did not show a problem with the hard drive. I read somewhere that HP will not replace the hard drive if this test comes out clear. But if the tests came out clear whats with the clicking noise and the freezing?? I hope someone can offer some insight.Thanks!

Answer:Hard drive making clicking sounds. Is it dying?

Ok I have just checked. This is the model of hard drive I have insideST9500420AS and it is a 7,200RPM with 16MB Cache and I think its just one hard drive inside of 500GB Capacity

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I have a friends external hard drive that was not registering in computer or bios i have tried replacing the pcb on it after doing more research i found out that the ic chip on the pcbs needed swapped while doing so the main ic i needed broke any other advice any little may help

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I only need to try to recover the data off of the drive no need for a permanent fix if anyone can help i would appreciate it

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Not sure where to put this as I'm quite sure it isn't a hard drive issue per se...

I've a weird issue with Windows 8.1 and my mechanical hard drive. I've a 2TB Western Digital hard drive that's partitioned with one of the partitions being a Media partition (H) containing over 107 gig of images, mostly tiff files ranging from 80-700 meg. I'm a photographer who tends to edit it layers.

Anyway for some odd reason when I access a folder containing these files, my hard drive goes into a frenzy and starts making loud vibration noise as though the drive is thrashing rapidly. Additionally I get a green bar going across the address bar as though it's establishing access permission. I've checked the drive and initially it just had "Everyone" listed so I added Administrators, and myself. But it still acts as though it's seeking permissions...

Interestingly enough no other folder or partition goes into this frenzy; just the folders under H partition containing the tiff images.

My initial thought is it's a caching issues as the PC is trying to cache and display the thumbnails for these files but I'm not sure. And if it is, how do I fix?

BTW this is a replacement drive as I thought my other drive was defective since it was doing the same and had it RMA'd.

Also this is basically the same partition/orginization structure that was under my Win 7 machine and I never had this issue.



Answer:Hard Drive making loud sounds when rendering tiff images

Hey Drew,

Not sure what may be causing this, but you might see if defragging the HDD may help any.

In addition, it wouldn't hurt to test the HDD with Data Lifeguard Diagnostic to see if it passes and reports anything.
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Hi, i have a 400GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive. I got it recently and the problem is it is making constant loud grinding noises. I got the thing of trademe. What can i do please help

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Hi, I am getting HDD like noises from the front right of my thinkpad near where the logo is on the palmrest. It sounds like a spinning disk but a bit quiter. I am assuming it is either hte SSD, RAM or CPU. It is definately not the fan as the issue does not come up in the BIOS. Issue comes about with low CPU load <5%. This is really bugging me, the noise is nearly as bad as a spinning disk and super annoying. Any advise would be appreciated.

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Whenever I open or close a .txt file my floppy drive makes grinding noises, even though there is no disk in the drive, and the file I'm acessing is on the C: Drive.

Any Ideas?

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well you need to make sure this isnt your hard drive making this noise.
unplug the floppy [ remove the side ] after you turn it off.
if it happens to be your hard drive, back up all your info a.s.a.p.
post back

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Can someone please rescue me? I'm having an unresolved issue on the below thread & I'm going nuts. I had transferred my grinding-noise issue from this forum, but now I'm thinking it may be a virus. Please help (either on this thread or the below thread):

Answer:Grinding Hard Drive - please help!

Well jellym,

You have been told, by both NiteHawk and motherboard to have HiJack This fix some things in both of these threads below, and not one time have you said you did.

So first be sure to put a check by what is in the quote below and have HiJack This fix them.

Run HighJack This again and make a new log. Then post the new saved log. Please! DO NOT post the old HiJack This log!

In Hijack This, check ALL of the following items. Double check so as to be sure not to miss a single one.
Next, close all browser Windows, and have HT fix all checked.

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title=Access4Less
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default)= Read more

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I have an HP xt840. The hard drive grinds most of the time, even when there isn't a program running. Everything takes so long to open, Outlook, IE, Microsoft Word, etc....... I've cleaned, defragged, deleted, added RAM and everything is still so slow, very frustrating. Would replacing the hard drive help? We have a 40g hard drive now. If so, what brand, size, etc?? Can I install it myself? or should we just buy a whole new computer system?? or any other suggestions???

Thanks........ Sharon

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Grinding sound from hard drive usually means it's about to fail. Most new drives come with easy to follow instructions on how to install it. You should be able to do it yourself. If you need anything off that drive, or plan on copying that drive to the new drive, I'd hurry up

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Hello. Yesterday my hard drive started grinding. When it does it it lasts for a few seconds and then stops and computer goes as normal. What should I do?

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hi - when i loaded my computer up this morning the hard drive started to make a grinding grating noise which stopped once my programes were loaded.everything seems to be back to normal now. this also happened one day last week. is my hard drive on the way out? its a Maxtor 4D040H2 [Hard drive] (40.00 GB) is there anything i can do (apart from scrap it and buy another?)

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Are you sure it's the harddrive? I had a similar experience and it turned out to be the system fan. If you are sure it's the harddrive then backup your vital files and get a new one.

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Hello,I had my pc seviced about 3 weeks ago and since then the hard drive has a grinding sound.I have had the pc for almost 2 yrs. and it never ground before.

My internet connection keeps droping me.Please help.

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I have been given an MSI VR601 laptop here to check out, as its hard drive was always grinding, its dvd drive was not working (would not read discs-despite the eject button being ok), and it was also taking a long time to boot. On my first look at the system, the psu gave up completely (it got too hot to touch and started smoking, so I had to switch off and replace the plug immediately). The system on my first boot made a beep on startup, asking at first to repair or boot as normal into vista. After 'repairing', the beep is still heard on a boot, but there is no message or warning along with it, and is alot faster to boot. There is also so far no longer any grinding of the hard drive at all, and no constant flickering of the hard drives 'reading/writing' cylinder icon/light on the bottom right of the laptop. Could it all have really been the cause of a really bad power supply? If so I would like to try reinstalling windows completely, but I may still be stuck as the dvd drive wont read any discs. Can a bad power plug really damage the drive? I need some tips on how I can find out if the laptops dvd drive is fixable or what its true state really is-thanks for any help!

Answer:Is a grinding hard-drive always a failing one?

I'm guessing that the PSU had a short somewhere , which was causing the problem of overheating, bad connection/loose wire on plug?.If you have a spare DVD power lead on your computer (is it SATA or IDE ?)try using that, you could also try replacing the data cable, else you may need to get another DVD drive.If that is all the damage that was done , you got off very lightly. Terry

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Hello to all, I have a new Pavilion 15-bc000nv and after 4 days of use it started a scratchy noise from the left side of the laptop. I see that when the led of Hard Drive switches on the sound comes up (it's like something is scratching from the inside) and when it turns off the sound stops, it's not that loud but when I work at night it buzzes my head and I am worried since the laptop it's brand new. Please help me to solve the poblem. Thanks in advance.

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@NIKIKUKO Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! This may simply be the sound that the newer drives make -- given that the laptops are thinner than the old ones and more easily conduct the drive sound.You paid for free HP Tech Support as part of the warranty coverage, so you might as well make use of it.While this PC is still under warranty, you should contact HP Customer Support directly to have them put you in touch with HP Technical Support to see what they can do about troubleshooting and repairing your machine remotely.They should be able to tell you if the sound is "normal" or if it indicates a problem with the drive.If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836Good Luck

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after a power problem, the laptops dvd drive and mains plug broke down, and a grinding sound could then always be heard from the system. after replacing the hard drive in a test, I can now safely say that its not a grinding hard drive at all. the harsh noise seems to be from the systems cpu fan. usually after a few mins of use the noise gets lower (almost disappears), as the temperature of the system increases. I have blown out all of the dust, but the noise remains. whats my other option? would a fan replacement or oiling really solve the issue? I dont have a small enough screwdriver here to remove the fan, and wouldnt be too sure on what to use if an 'oiling' was necessary-no doubt a replacement would be the best bet? surely its not the cpu itself creaking away-lol. thanks for any suggestions if possible. is a grinding/loud fan over a few yrs of use a common problem in laptops? this system is from 2007

Answer:grinding noise from laptop was not a hard drive!

Try taskmanager at start up and see what is using up the CPU.If nothing running system idle process should be showing about 96% that is normal.

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My brand new T500 Hard Drive makes off and on very faint grinding noise. The grinding happens for 6 times and then goes away for 5-10 seconds and then happens again and so on. Is this normal or is my new hard drive defective, and should I ask Lenovo for a replacement hard drive?  I ran the lenovo hard drive diagnostic tool and it did not find any issues.

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it would be good to make a recording, but the frequency of the noises suggest your drive head is constantly parking itself... 

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Not sure if I'm just paranoid, but my optical drive is making noises that sounds like gears are turning.  It's not loud, but its noticeable.  Is this typical?  This only happens right after a cd/dvd is inserted.  After that it is quiet. Is it just me?

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I wouldn't panic. it's quite normal. It's sort of calibrating; trying to find where it should start reading, from (e.g. autorun file) and therefore the disc will turn and the reader heads moved around.

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Hey. I need help fixing my external passport hard drive.My hard drive was functioning normally until it was jerked off the table and knocked against something when the laptop was suddenly moved. I noticed a dent on the outside case. Afterwards, the hard drive icon wouldn't appear in My Computer and I get a "device not recognised" message. I have tried plugging it into a desktop computer with no success. I am fairly sure it is a hard ware, not software problem.Upon plug in, the hard drive spins with a sort of grinding/clicking sound whenever I press my ear against it, then stops and falls silent. The light still stays on. I'm guessing that the heads have become jarred. Is their anyway that I can fix it? I don't have warranty on it.

Answer:External Hard Drive Dropped While In Use. Now grinding sound.

There is absolutely no way you can fix this drive. It is dead, and the data on it has gone to heaven.

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I have an HP Pavilion DV6700. It's only about 6 months old or so and this laptop has always been quiet as a mouse. Today I turned it on and all of a sudden I hear this loud noise coming from it. I had no idea what the heck it was, it was coming from the right side (when I'm facing the screen) which is where the rom is.

So after rebooting a few times to see if it was just a one time deal or not, I decided to open the rom drive and lo and behold, it made the loud noise when doing that as well. I put a disk inside to see if it would read and it all worked 100% not slow or choppy, sound was great. The rom made a sound after I closed it with the cd in it, the same noise as when I boot up the laptop or open the rom. But after the initial noise, it makes no sound after that.

So what could be causing this? The only changes I've made to the laptop was using CCleaner to clean temps and all of that, but I don't think this would cause this problem, would it?

So why is my cdrom making a brief very loud noise on boot up and when opening/closing? It's not like a creaking, it's like a weird groaning electronic noise.

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Sorry four double post, but I am really worried about this noise. Is there anyone that could tell me why this noise from my cd/dvd drive might have started? There wasn't a disk in it until I tested it with a cd in it to see if it still works. It just makes the noise when booting up the laptop or when I open/close the cdrom.

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My AcerAspire V-7 482PG has started making periodic grinding sounds when I am playing an audio or video file, but only after the laptop has been running for a while.  A re-boot solves the problem, but only for a while.  I have updated all my drivers, so I don't think that can be the problem.  Any help?

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My AcerAspire V-7 482PG has started making periodic grinding sounds when I am playing an audio or video file, but only after the laptop has been running for a while.  A re-boot solves the problem, but only for a while.  I have updated all my drivers, so I don't think that can be the problem.  Any help?

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i had my sony viao for almost 2-yrs and i'm starting to hear a grinding noise from my hd. i initially noticed it when i turned it on. it made this loud grinding noise for over 10-mins then it disappear (pc still made typical very noise) and after 3 days the hd made the same noise (again for ~10-mins), but not as loud when i turned it on, still loud enough to notice and the grinding noise wasn't consistent either, a few time it was like grinding down then speeding up again
should i start looking at new hd, will i be able to rescue my files if my hd just decides to stop working or decides to boot up
i normally keep my pc on for 5-days and i know i'm not the only one so i don't think that's the reason
also most night, i keep my pc busy all night long encoding movies for over 10-hrs, can that be the cause

Answer:hd making grinding noise

Any information of value should be backed up. Hd can die at the drop of a hat.

But are you sure its the hd and not a fan.

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Hi guys (and gals). I posted here a while back and tried to get help with my computer, which kept freezing. The guys who helped me tried every single thing they could think of to try and fix my problem, but to no avail. The only thing the problem could be was a hardware problem, and paying for a new motherboard for a four year old system would have been a waste of money. Nevertheless, I appreciated the help and kindness the forums gave while I troubleshooted my computer. That's why I'm coming here again asking for help. Hopefully this time there will be a happy ending.

In June, with my own saved money, I purchased a new computer. The specs are here:

-ASUS A8V-E Deluxe Socket 939 VIA K8T890 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
-CHAINTECH SE6600G Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
-AMD Athlon 64 3500+ ClawHammer 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3500ASBOX - Retail
-CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model VS1GB400C3 - Retail
-Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JD 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
-Windows XP with Service Pack 2

I put everything together and initially it all worked, however recently the fan which is attached to the heatsink has begun making a very distinct grinding noise upon booting my computer. Waiting until Windows boots seems to sometimes fix the problem, and taking off the case to press against the heatsink seemed to stop it for a small period, however as of two... Read more

Answer:Heatsink fan making grinding noise, help!

Is this post in another thread of any use to you? It may be that the fan is not working correctly in terms of cooling the part (CPU or chipset - not sure which?) and the part is overheating causing the problems. Perhaps you need to reseat or replace the fan and/or heatsink?

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Ok, I'm not sure if I came to the right place for this problem but I'm looking for as much help as I can.

This has been happening for awhile now but everyday when I first startup the computer it makes this grinding noise that lasts for about two minutes then it goes away and is fine for the rest of the day when I use it. At first I thought it was dust so I took it out and cleaned it up a bit with a can of compressed air. After trying that, the noise is still there. I don't think it's my hard drive since I use a SSD. I haven't gotten a chance to open the case and carefully listen where the noise is coming from but one thing I do know is when the noise is happening and I thump the case with my hand a few times it seems like one of the fans inside makes this lower power noise thing and then you can hear it slowly coming back up to normal speed. Keep in mind this only happens if I thump or hit the case with my hand. I'm planning on opening the case soon and see what is causing the noise but I'd like an idea if you guys know if what could be causing the noise so I know what to pay attention to. And what can I use so I can hear better where the noise is coming from?

Answer:PC making grinding noise on startup, need help!

use a straw to your hear and move it around the components to try and isolate the cause

probably a fan

the last thing you want to do is thump the case with your hand if want the computer to keep running

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I posted a message here a couple of weeks ago that the fan was making a loud noise when the system boots. Now it is making the same noise at other times, but not quite as loud. It seems to be getting worse. Someone suggested it is a fan bearing. I would rather not make a warranty claim for this if it is simple to fix.   Would this be a simple fix for someone not experience working with hardware? Do I risk my working on the machine myself.  

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Answer:M90z: Fan making grinding noise

Hello mate, It's quite easy to do. Have a look in the hmm there : Just be aware that changing this part by yourself might void the warranty.

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Here's how the problem started..
My 17" crt display went kaput, and the monitor started emitting smoke. I closed the power immediately and that was it.
Forward 2 days later...
called in LG service and the guy fixed my monitor! bingo.
But now when I start my computer, it makes a REAL LOUD noise and everything vibrates wildly. the noise and the vibration 'stay' for 2-3 minutes before stopping.
Now I have searched a bit and come across several probable causes - and eliminated quite a few , like hard-disk, dvd-drive , wires touching fan..

What I really want to know is that could there be any relation between my monitor going dead an smoking, and the cpu vibration?

The system is functioning just fine right now and a soft reboot does not cause any sound or vibration. Also the problem does not happen everytime..

Specs -
17 inch crt LG
amd x2 4000
asus m2a-mx
1gb ram
no pci cards , pci-e cards..

Answer:Cpu making grinding sound and vibrating

Hmm, the only moving parts on a computer are the fans and the hard disk itself. This might sound crazy but have tried to to remove the side panels and listen/see what is vibrating?

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HI, i just recently got a COMPAQ Presario CQ56 Laptop this past christmas brand new, i use this laptop quite frequently on my lap when laying in bed. one night i was watching youtube videos, when all of a sudden i heard this god awful grinding noise coming from under my laptop right by the fan. i stuck my ear right next to the fan and thats where the sound seemed to be coming from. if i turn it off and let it set over night, and then turn it on in the morning, there's no noise. but only when i use this laptop for like 1-2 hours does the noise come back. somebody please help me cause this noise sounds bad, and i just got this laptop not even 3 months ago. thank you!

Answer:Somebody please help! laptop making grinding noise!!

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A few months ago my PS2 Slim broke and I thought the laser burnt out so I just let it sit in my closet cause I did not want to buy a new one. I decided to spend the entire day today researching stuff about it and eventually took apart my ps2.

The problem was that when I turn it on and close the lid the laser arm will move to drive to read a disc but then make this horrible grinding noise. After I opened it up I noticed that the grinding noised was caused by that plastic thing that sits on top of the worm gear (golden screw on the right side that guides the laser arm up and down). What is happening is it moves down towards the spindle and the worm gear or w/e its called would spin super fast and the teeth of the plastic from the laser would grind against the grooves of the worm gear.

Normally, what I think is supposed to happen is the laser arm moves toward and backward from the spindle and for what ever reason it is getting stuck once it moves to the spindle and it cannot go backwards.
Do you know anyway to fix this?

Answer:PS2 Making grinding noises from the worm gear


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Hi all,

I just recently built a new PC (back in December) and today it made a weird loud grinding/spinning noise. I immediately powered it down, and now it is running OK. There was no burning smell or anything like that. I'm concerned though. It has never done this before, and I'm not sure what component caused it. It kind of sounded like the DVD rom drive, but there was nothing in the drive. The DVD drive does make weird noises when a disc is put in or when it's reading, but I don't know why it would have this time before no disc was inserted. The case (coolmaster centurion) does have two fans built in, one in the front and one in the back. But they are usually quiet.

Specs are:

Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600

Video card: Radeon HD 6950 2GB

HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA3

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

Please help.

EDIT: Actually, IIRC I have heard this sound before under a previous configuration. Could it be one of the case fans? I'm surprised because of how loud it was.

Answer:Computer making fast grinding noise

Check Event Viewer for any errors.

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This is the first laptop I've owned, and of course it's a used one. Anyway today while using it, it just froze up on me, and then it would not respond to anything, even cntrl,alt,del. So I had to unplug the battery to get it to turn off. Then when I tried to turn it back on, the HD started to make a sound like if the needle in the HD was actually grinding into the disk. It sounded painfull!. Then it would attempt to post, and then gives me a "disk error". I am going to take a wild guess and say that my hard drive crashed in the truest sense? LOL ... Since my first inclination was to immediately try to find a replacement, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to how to go about selecting a suitable replacement. It is a IBM thinkpad 600 series. I was thinking maybe I should remove the old one and get a part number first? What would you do? Thanks for the input.:blackeye:

Answer:My thinkpad HD is making an awful grinding sound!

Sounds like a head crash. This is when the head and the platters actually make contact. It can make a screaching or grinding sound. Only thing I can suggest about a replacement is to make sure it is the right size drive. Most of the time laptop HDDs are listed separately from the rest so it shouldn't be a problem finding one. If you wish to get an exact replacement then yes, you'd probably want the numbers off of it.

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So recently my laptop seems to be making a low grinding noise, more like the old grinding noise computers use to make when they we loading back in the day, but the thing is it only happens when I scroll up or down on any program, be it chrome, word you name it. It isn't always consistent, sometimes it will be constant as I scroll, or only in short bursts and strange enough, for one instance I was over at ESPN and wasn't even moving the page, but there was a element that kept swiping from one article headline to another and my laptop with grind for the 1 second it took to slide headlines.

There hasn't been any performance issues or negative effects as far as I can tell, but I thought I'd ask around as see if it's perhaps a perquisite to an upcoming one. Anyone experience anything similar?

Answer:Laptop making low grinding noise while scrolling

Sounds like coil whine does it happen if you bring up nothing but a black screen on the browser and move your mouse around over it quickly? How old is the laptop?

EDIT: sorry if its grinding might be hard drive not power related at all. Though you have an SSD correct?

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My heat sink makes a grinding noise in the morning? After I hit the side of the case it quiets down and returns to it's normal sound? (Low blowing, but still keeping my CPU temp low).

Also, at random times it makes a whirling noise then goes?

I have opened my case in the past, and cleaned out the heat sink with a brush and it still doesn't make a real difference.

This is odd?

My CPU/ZIF is a E6600 Intel @ 2.4Ghz processor.

Secondly, the heatsink is a 775 intel default.

Answer:Heat sink making a Grinding noise?

I would change it before it goes out

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My HP Envy 13 is three days old and is already making strange noises that are not coming from the fan.  Its a grinding/whirring/clicking noise that goes krrrkrrrkrrrkrrr 10 times then stops then starts again 4 seconds later and repeats.  THis can't be normal and its making me crazy.  Should I just return it or is there something I can do that doesnt involve taking it apart?

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I looked for the "accept" button on the solution to my question.  It's not there.  It looks to me like part of the lower screen is missing.  The top part of the "kudos" button is just barely visible.

Answer:HP Officejet Pro 8600 making a grinding-clicking noise befor...

Hello wwob,


Were you able to get the issue resolved? If not, I recommend clicking on the link below and follow the troubleshooting steps to try and resolve the issue:


Let me know if you have any questions.


Thank you

I worked on behalf of HP.

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I put all the machines in the in the topic because they are all have similar platforms. The fan on my M90z makes an intermittent grinding noise for 10-20 mintues  most often when my machine is booted or comes out of hibernation.  It sounds like it is not connected correctly.  It is actually pretty quiet when it does not make the noise. I really don't want to take send it back for a warrantly repair. Is there a risk of a complete failure in the future?  If there is a will send it back.   When the warranty ends, I could open it up myself. Does anyone else have this problem on their M90z , M71z, M70z, A71z, or A70z?

______________________________________________________________Machine Type: M90z AIO ; Product: 3091CTO (Custom), CPU: i5-650, Video Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, Memory: 4.00 GB,Network Card: Intel(R) WiFi Link 1000 BGN, OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Answer:M90z: Fan making a grinding noise (also M71z , M70z , A71z , A70z )

I would suggest you to update the BIOS and then check if the issue gets resolved.
If it continues then I suggest you to take service from Lenovo as system is in warranty period.
Best Regards,

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Hey, everyone. I'm a first time poster but I feel that posting here will bring me far more useful answers than calling tech support.

My computer is a Compaq Windows Vista, Basic Home Edition. It's got 2.50 GHz of RAM and is fairly new in my opinion, purchased in the spring of 07. It has only one PS fan from the looks of it, the one facing the back to suck air out.

Shortly (guessing 3 months) after the purchase of my new computer, the Power Supply failed, and I had it sent off to the manufacturer for two weeks to be replaced. Since then it has been running very smoothly.

About a week prior to this occurrence, my computer made a similar noise (to the beginning of the video, link provided below) and more central in the computer. This was due to a dust build-up, which I cleaned out thoroughly. It was fine after that.

The matter at hand: This morning I turned on my computer to find it making ungodly grinding noises, coming from specifically the back of it. I turned it off and opened it up, cleaned out any remaining dust from the last time and turned it on with the side panel off to watch the fans. After listening and turning it off the second time, I decided it was coming from the power supply, since I'd realized that this was the only location I hadn't cleaned the last time.

I cleaned it with compressed air as carefully as I could, but there wasn't that much dust inside of it, nor on the fan. I turned it on a third time and the noises had quieted dow... Read more

Answer:Solved: Power Supply Fan Making Grinding Noises (video included)

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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Question: Hard-Drive Sounds

Is this natural? My hard drive is making a sort of fan-like sound, which is louder than normal... everything appears to be working at the moment, but the sound is really loud, although I have heard it before and that was months ago. It sounds like the fan is working over time in there, although it is a very hot day - can that have something to do with it?

Answer:Hard-Drive Sounds

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Question: Hard-Drive Sounds

Ok. I get home from school everyday.. I turn on my computer.. and for the first 15 minutes or so.. I randomly hear this clicking noise from my hard-drive, or so I believe so. It is really loud.. and it seems like everynow and then I hear it but really low and not loud. This has really gotten worse the last week, and wasn't like this when I first built the computer.. What could this sound be?

Answer:Hard-Drive Sounds

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Question: hard drive sounds

I just finished upgrading my computer, but when i am wearing my headphones, i can hear every sound that the hard drive makes. when i load somthing i can hear whirring in the headphones, and it is very annoying, does anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:hard drive sounds

maybe there's a micropone plugged in, recording and playing the hard drive noise....

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Question: hard drive sounds

ok, im starting to have this problem and it is starting to worry me. Every couple hours my computer will make a loud screech sound, it usually lasts a second. My  computer's hard drive is a Seagate ST3250624A      250 Gb. I dont have any real impotant stuff in here yet as its fairly new... Is there anything I can do or is this hard drive already bye bye??

Answer:hard drive sounds

Hard drives should not make any noise.   Run Seagate's SeaTools diagnostics available from here.Good luck

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Hi I am new here.

I am running Win XP Home SP2 and recently my computer has been making random background noises. Its like an IE7 mouse click. Sometimes it plays ads in the background and sometimes for long periods of time. I have had no other programs open that have advertisements built into at the time. I have AVG Free and it has decteted several trojans. So I stumped upto this point.

here is my HJT Log.

Mind you I did not have IE7 running at the time but HJT picked it up. Not sure... Anyways

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:36:16 PM, on 8/8/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\Bluetooth\LBTServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\LBTWiz.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acr... Read more

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I have a Samsung HM500LI HDD. For the past month or so it has been clicking occasionally. Today, it started making a very grainy sound as if sound was running through it. I have run it through the Seagate SeaTools diagnostic test and it has passed the S.M.A.R.T, Short DST, Long DST, Short Generic and Long Generic tests. Funnily enough, it is now absolutely quiet. I can't quite understand why it seems to change. I checked the GPU / CPU Temperature (Core 0 and Core 1) and the GPU temp was running at 80 degrees. I brought thus down to 64 degrees and the sound (which is definetly from the HDD) seems to have stopped! This does happen during any particularly HDD Read/Write intensive times or any Graphically intensive times (for the GPU). Confusing! Does anyone know what causes these crazy sounds as they are a little disconcerting...

Answer:Hard Drive Issue - Sounds

Even though all the tests came back OK, it may be too soon to relax if it was making sounds. Be sure you have a complete disk image made in case it quits suddenly.

Try a complete defrag, too, preferably with Windows offline so a complete one can be done. Heavy fragmentation can make the head seeking noises more pronounced.

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My Sony computer that I have had since 2000 or so is store bought and came with windows xp. I believed it had two hard drives in it until earlier this year when I found out it came with one partioned hard drive. I now have two physical HDD and three that appear on my computer. I need to restore my computer and would like to make my partioned drive appear as one. I will have all my backup files on my second physical HDD. If it makes things easier at all I do not have a windows install disc only system restore discs that came with my computer. If this isn't clear enough please ask me to try and clear it up.

Answer:Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

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Hi, I have a T4602 with 1 TB drive, Windows 10 shows the drive as samsung MZSLW1T0HMLH-000L1Machine Type Model 20F9CTO1WW Has anyone been able to find a similar drive to purchase and image it with something like Acronis True Image? I've looked in many places but have not been able to find any reference to the topic.Have not called Lenovo yet.Thanks Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Making an image of hard drive on T460s as a replacement backup drive

Hello and welcome,
Looks like NewEgg has that drive.
Are you planning to clone it?  That may be a challenge since as far as I know there aren't any m.2 PCIe-to-anything adapters available yet.
You should be able to pull an Acronis image and restore that to a backup drive after installing it.  Perhaps that's your plan.

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hello all,

I am happy to participate and learn about how computers function and I would be grateful if you could help me with this issue. When I first purchased my Compaq Presasario 5BW 130 3 years ago, the computer functioned quite well and quietly but in the past 2 years or so I have had to replace the hard drive twice. What has been a persistent symptom of the computer has been a metallic pinging sound coming from the hard drive or CPU whenever I download and move web pages. I am now running MSN 8.5 for my email program and even though I just replaced the hard drive recently, I am still having this metallic, pinging sound coming from the hard drive or the CPU. Its been freezing up and crashing too like it did before the first hard drive was replaced. I am worried that I may need to replace the hard drive again or at worse need to get a new computer. I don't want to buy.
When the last hard drive was installed, Best Buy failed to partition the 40 gig hard drive properly and while I only have 7 gig available to me, I am not storing a lot of data in the hard drive. Please tell what the problem is and what I can do to remedy it. Thanks so much for your help.


Mark Lovett

Answer:Metallic Pinging sounds in Hard Drive or CPU

check no wires are touching a fan
then run the diognostic program from your h/d manufacturer,if it is a recent purchase it should be under warranty

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so far i've actually been quite impressed with win xp. although its power will never compare to that of linux or any other unix based system, its by far the best system microsoft has made to date.

lately i've been dealing with 2 problems, neither of them critical, but annoying enough to try to seek some help on.

1 - ever since xp was installed it would make mysterious noises every 1/2 hour or so, the rising chimes, then the dropping chimes. i just disabled system sounds because they were a piss off anyway. well w/e xp is doing behind my back is taking a large amount of cpu usage, because when it does this in a game a get a small freeze, probably only a second, but enought to piss you off during online gaming/ or single player for that matter.

2 - for some reason the OS is telling me I have used 27gb on my hd when i KNOW i have used 10. i've totalled up memory usage on every flder in the root, and it adds up to ten perfectly. not only that when i "dir/w" in a command window it tells me "29,048,497,152" bytes available. (about 27gb) on a 40gb hd, well actually 37.4 if you know about the whole bits to a byte thing

- i've been a morpheus user for awhile, for those of you that didn't know morpheus did NOT have a software problem, the fasttrack network and main morpheus servers where hacked. any users that tried to log on after this hack had changes to their registry made, and so far those changes are unknown..i think my hd problem could... Read more

Answer:mysterious sounds, hard-drive confusion

Have you tried running a up to date virus scanner? A free online one can be found at

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I want to be able to partition my hard drive to run two separate operating systems. If I do this will I be able to transfer easily my files and documents from one partition to the other?

Answer:Partitioning a Hard Drive (Sounds painful!!!)

Partition magic is by far the easiest program to do this with. Create 3 partitions: one for the first OS, one for the second, and one to share files / folders etc between so that they are available to each.What is your current setup and what do you intend to install?

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Database Of Failing Hard Drive Sounds

How many times has your heart skipped a beat when you heard the ol? ?clack, clack, clack? coming from your hard drive? Wasn?t a good feeling was it? Well now you can relive those moments just by visiting the hard drive sounds database. The website actually offers data recovery services but we don?t know anything about that, we?re just there to listen to the huge list of failing hard drives.

These are some typical sounds we hear in our data recovery lab. If your drive makes noises like these please fill out our simple evaluation form to get a fast quote on data recovery services. To listen to the sound simply click on the play button.

Answer:Database Of Failing Hard Drive Sounds


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Hi, I have a Western Digital Passport external hard drive, working fine until today when it started making clicking noises all of a sudden while connected. I found that Windows was no longer recognizing it. I pulled out the USB cable, put it back in, and it's working fine again.

I'm just concerned that maybe there's a problem with the physical drive that I should be aware of. Any thoughts on this?


Answer:External hard drive clicking sounds

Usually, clicking is a symptom of a HD that is about to fail. Try downloading and running the WD diagnostic software to evaluate the drive. Run the short test to see if the S.M.A.R.T. status is good or bad. If bad then run the extended/long test as this will attempt to repair any bad sectors.

I, personally, would backup any important data to a different device. Any fix that the software is capable of performing is probably temporary. Once drives begin to go the problems increase rapidly. I wouldn't trust the drive unless the SMART status was initially good on the Short test.
Failing HD will often work one time and not the next until they eventually stop working completely. Don't let this fool you. Run the tests now while you can.

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i plan on installing a new hard drive on my computer. is it as easy as it sounds? (the hard drive i bought is compatible with my computer). i do not have any extra bays to have 2 hard drives.

i have installed memory before and i have exchanged a CDROM with a CDRW sucessfully. i do not have any files,software,photos on my present hard drive that i need to save. i also have made that "6 CD copy of my computer" one makes as soon as they buy a computer.
(my computer was born in september 2003 with a premature hard drive of only 40GB at 5200rpm)

Answer:INSTALLING A HARD easy it sounds?

sharky said:

i plan on installing a new hard drive on my computer. is it as easy as it sounds? (the hard drive i bought is compatible with my computer). i do not have any extra bays to have 2 hard drives.

i have installed memory before and i have exchanged a CDROM with a CDRW sucessfully. i do not have any files,software,photos on my present hard drive that i need to save. i also have made that "6 CD copy of my computer" one makes as soon as they buy a computer.Click to expand...

It is pretty easy, however 1 we need all your system info, we promise not to laugh, really we're all freinds, here 2 it sounds like your not adding a hdd, your replacing a hdd with a new one and them either keeping the old one for storage or removing it entirely. My opinion is to do a fresh install of your os on the new one, and then copy any files you need form the old, and install all your programs fresh, however there are other options. Most hdd come with or you can d/l programs to copy one disk to another, but im still a fresh install man myself, i dont want any bad stuff to get carried over from the old hdd, I want that clean feeling, like when you first get the pc home sort of thing.

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I have too many Hard Drive clicking sounds I dont understand why. My laptop is newly purchaced and manufactured in May 2016. It's not as bad as the Hard drive click of death issue but it makes the same sound and is sometimes really loud.  The sound is similar to whats in the video below but not that frequent and extreme as in the video but once in a while it throws a really loud smack that usual I want to know if its a normal thing with this model or a real issue. I've read everywhere that it's not really good for your hard drive and keep in mind ive only had this laptop for like two weeks

Answer:Hard Drive Click Sounds on New Laptop

Go into diagnostics (F2 as you power up) and run the full hard drive test. If there is a problem it will find it. We can also link you to some hard drive performance tests. If the hard drive pases the F2 diagnostic full test and the speed or read and write is normal you can relax. Maybe your ears are just better than most people's. Mechanical hard drives do make some noise. 

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I recently (2 months) purchased a T400S. I can swear my hard drive ticks every couple of minutes.Should I go to service it and replace it? Thanks,Shai

Answer:T400S ticking sounds by Hard Drive

Sounds like thermal calibration, which is pretty normal for spinning disks. 

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This has happened before but this time i cant fix it..last time it happened i just took my extra 3 gig hd out and my computer booted up fine. this time i have no other options.. i turned the power supple off, unhooked all the wires, opened it up, inspected the inside and everything looks fine.. i turn it back on and it does it again. my hard drive sounds like a heart machine.. it wont fully turn on.. it sounds like its dead or something... i built this comptuer waht should i do.. is my hard drive fried??

Answer:My hard drive sounds like a heart machine!???

If it goes tick.....tick......tick.... in a regular way, it does sound like its dead. The reader head may be flicking in and out and not locating properly- so yes, sounds like it is a dead drive, from what you describe. Only thing i can suggest is any info thats important, back up regularly- not a lot of help now, but a thought for later.

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I have two hard drives here that are still in warranty. Both are Seagate 2TB drives of the same model, both ordered at the same time about a year and a half ago. One is installed in a system as a secondary drive and the other as a third drive. Both drives will occasionally Blue Screen and start a rythmic beeping sound about once per second or two. Restarting the computer does not help; however, turning the computer off and disconnecting the power cord for a half minute or so seems to clear the problem for a couple of weeks or a month.

The drives test good both with the Seagate DOS-mode tester and with the Windows tester.

I am sure the beeping sounds are being emitted by these two drives as I have (because of this problem) moved them both to a position where I can place my ear tightly against them in order to be absolutely certain.

I have the data on these drives duplicated on other drives so nothing is at risk.

So, if the drives test good, what are other possible causes?

Answer:Hard drive makes beeping sounds and then BSOD

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The question up-front: Could I have become a victim of one of those "take control of your computer" scams? I worry, because I am on-line all the time with a fast cable wi-fi connection (although lately it seems to be slower than when I began with the cable company about 2 yesrs ago). My computer is old but has served me quite well. I have 128 MB of RAM, a 600 MHz Pentium III processor, a 19 Gb Hard drive. It came with Windows 98 SE in the Spring of 2000. About a year ago I installed Windows XP Professional. This seemed OK for many reasons, except those that you'd expect, like programs won't run anymore because they are out of date w/ Windows XP. But it seemed a bit slower. About 4 months ago I installed Norton Security. I figure I must need some anti-virus, anti-this and anti-that for my own protection. (My membership in the old one ran out.) This slowed me down tremendously. I can't open a document from my own computer without Norton checking it for a virus. Seems pretty stupid to me. But more to the point, is that it constantly goes to the net to update itself. I never know when this will happen, nor can I control it. Computer will barely function. But even when I think it isn't updating, I hear all this busy noise coming from my hard drive. It seems to never stop. Can anyone enlighten me what exactly is happening here? I know I can solve it by buying a new computer, but I think I should be able to figure a way around this. Thanks in advance fo... Read more

Answer:Very Slow Computer, Busy Sounds from Hard Drive

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my computer locked up and the harddrive started clicking like a turn signal in a car! the computer wont boot past the initial bios screen. is it fried?

40 gig western digital @ 7200rpm
win 98se
elements 866as motherboard

i almost had the test program from western digital running from a floppy but it locked up and i cant get it to boot any further...HELP

Answer:[SOLVED] hard drive sounds like a turn signal

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I have just replaced my PC because the board packed up. It was a Fujitsu. I have now bought a Dell Dimension 8400. I've taken the hard drive out of the old machine and would like to use it as a backup external drive. Can I fit it into an external case and use it with a USB cable? It is a 60GB Seagate u6 MOdel ST360020A.Thanks in advance for any help

Answer:Making use of a hard drive

Sounds like a good idea

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I have just installed a 2nd drive(F:)160Gb. The original drive is (C:)20Mb with XP pro; this drive is the master.I should like use the new drive to store and run software and large video files.Do I need to put XP on this drive, or can I leave it where it is? Any thoughts please?John

Answer:Making rhe best use of new 2nd hard drive.

You don't need an os on it but I'd put it on anyway so if your main xp goes awol you can easily reclaim data. If you're going to use it for dv editing and dv storage it would be best to split it in to (say) 3 partitions. When rendering, capturing etc errors are eliminated more by using different partitions.

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Windows XP - My computer started making the popcorn popping sound like it is constantly writing to the hard drive and the computer is slow or occasionally gets hung up. Not sure if it's related, but recently I received hundreds of mail delivery failure notices in Outlook Express for mail I had not sent to people I do not know/have in my address book. I changed my password and it stopped for a month, but lately I get about 5 delivery failures a day.

MSE finds nothing, but lately it takes 24 hours to complete a full scan.

I appreciate any assistance you can offer. Thanks!

Answer:Slow computer, sounds like it writing to hard drive constantly

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
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Hello, I'm hoping I can get the help I need to fix this problem. About a week ago my hard drive started making a weird sound, very close to the sound it makes when I shut down my computer. However it remains on and nothing bad happens (maybe it slows down minor but not noticeable) the sound itself just is not normal. I ran a autochk.exe which did in fact fix many problems on the machine. After all though it completed describing it now had 0 bad sectors and 0 unindexed files the hard drive still makes the same shut down noise (not through speakers. The hard drive itself)
I've checked wav.files for sounds of a failing harddrive however I do not recognize any of the sounds being close to what mines making

ALSO I ran a driver view and it reported there were 129 UP to date drivers..... my question is simple for this one... Why do i have 129 drivers? lol, a few of them I've noticed are from programs that are now uninstalled from my computer..

Any help would be great and I thank you in advanced

Here's my drivers I Know its long and grueling.....

Answer:Solved: Hard drive sounds like its failing. Driver Question.

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OKay well I bought a usb card a week ago which I assume was defective or incompatible with my system. Point blank it just did'nt work when I installed it to my pci slot. When I first installed the usb 2.0 pci card my pc would hang and I'd start to hear clicking sounds coming from inside my pc case. It actually sounded like making a clicking sound with your tongue. I kept having problems for about 20 mins after installing the card and heard the clicks once more. So all in all I only heard the inside of my case click about 4-6 times. I took the card out immediately after only being in my pc for 20 mins. I took the card back to the store yesterday and got it exchanged for the same one since they said the one I bought first could have been defective.

Anyways they also told me at the store that the clicking sounds could have beeen my hard drive(s). I have two hard drives in my system which are partitioned into a total of 4 parts. One thing I have to mention before I go on is that the hard drives I bought are western digital and I just bought them about 8 months ago. On top of that after I took out that badly working usb 2.0 pci card, I never heard the clicks again! & it's been a week!!! No clicks!!! I never even heard those clicks before in my life... Only when that usb card was in my system for 20 mins.

Okay well some people here on the site and some people at the store said to just be sure and check my hard drives for failure/errors even though I do not ... Read more

Answer:Clicking Sounds Coming From My Case [Hard Drive Failure?]

Western Digital 's own tool for checking hard drive

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New Hard drive is installed and already recognised by the pc, and has been installed as a slave to the original hard drive.I'm about to load windows onto the new drive, and once I've copied everything I want from the old drive, the old drive will be wiped/formatted and used for storage.Will it then be simply a matter of changing jumper settings to make the new as master and old as slave - or do I have to enter the bios ?

Answer:Making the new hard drive the boot drive

Take the old drive out. Change the jumper on the new drive to master. Install your O/S.Install the old drive back into the machine as slave and copy across everything you want.Then wipe.format etc the old drive.

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If you were to make a hard drive image (using  tool like Acronis Disk Imager), is it possible to install that image to a different hard drive?A clone of the original computer's stuff on another hard drive? Just wondering....

Answer:making a hard drive image

I haven't been able to make much sense of your question.  First you clone a hard drive then you want to install it on another hard drive.  The two don't go together.If you mean clone drive C: to drive D: then clone drive D: to E: the answer is yes.

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I am still learning, so hopefully this is an easy one, and I am welcoming suggestions! I am an engineer from 1990 who played in the business world since 1992, so unfortunately, that's the era and extent of my knowledgebase.

I am trying to salvage a dell laptop that stopped booting a while ago (hard drive not found). I am not worried about recovering files as I moved them all to a newer PC long ago.

I created a boot disk (CD) and started the system which shows the A: drive as the boot files and the R: drive as CD drive with additional utilities. The first thing I tried was cd c: and the response was "invalid drive specification"

> Is this the no-brainer sign the discard the drive and start anew?

Dell Latitude D600
Pentium M 1.4 GHz/600 MHz
512 MB Memory
WIndows XP Pro

Create a working PC for kids to use (homework and exploring, not gaming), primarily internet browsing, MS Word, MS Excel.

Additional Questions:
> Is this PC worth spending a little $ to restore (new drive probably $60)
> Will I need additional memory, too (it seemd to work fast enough when I last used it)?
> If the hard drive is unreadable and I don't have Windows CDs how does one re-install windows (this was a pc retired by my prior workplace, has product key sticker, service tag, etc.)


Answer:Hard drive failure -- just making sure!

It appears your hard drive is dead or damaged. Install a new hard drive, and run your reinstall. You should have no problems. But count on a long time for downloading updates using Microsoft Update.
One thing for sure, you need more memory for that Dell D600... I would put in 2 GB of Put in the largest drive you can afford. Be sure that your drive is either a SATA or an EIDE drive before you order a new one. As you probably know, that system has two memory slots for DDR PC2700. My suggestion would be to get two modules of 1 GB each... which will cost you about $35 to $40 per module, depending on where you buy them.
Because of the destruction of the hard drive factories in Thailand, laptop memory is priced very high right now... you will pay closer to $100 or more, rather than your hoped for $60.

You can get a copy of the Dell Windows CD by calling Dell or going on line... usually free... If you still have the Windows Sticker product ID on the computer. Or they are $20 on eBay.

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Sinds some time my usb stick and external hard drives are making shortcuts to my files by itselfs,really strange. I read had something to do with a virus or malware so I let malware bytes run en and it found some threats,I removed these but the shortcuts are still there instead of the actual files,how do I fix these?

Answer:Hard Drive Keeps Making Shortcuts

Please post on the malware forum here: Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help - Tech Support Forum

We aren't allowed to help with malware on the non-malware forums in case somebody with no malware training gives you bad advice.

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Can anyone recommend software that works for the above. My C drive is almost full and I plan to fit a new drive as D and then switch it to C after imaging.

Answer:Making image of hard drive

marcium reflect free here
just used it, exactly the same as Acronis TI (not free)

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Hey guys. I have a bit of a challenge. I had Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit installed on my previous system and the motherboard went bad. Got another system and attached that very same Hard Drive in there but it wouldn't boot. Freezes and restarts at windows loading screen. So I put in another Hard Drive, formatted it and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. I also kept my old Hard Drive attached so I could have it as a secondary drive to access my documents and such.
I'm wondering if from here, I would be able to somehow make my the old Hard Drive bootable. If not, then thanks for trying.

Answer:Making Second Hard Drive Bootable Again.

You make it bootable by putting an operating system on it, but that`s not what you want it for. Connect power and a data cable to it, then format it from Windows and then you can start storing whatever you want on it.

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Uh-oh, my brand new WD internal harddrive is making some high pitch noises, sort of a cross between a squeal and scratch. Should I make a back-up image now and get a repalcement drive post haste? IOW, if it is making a wierd noise at just a month or so old with very little use, is it destined for a very premature crash? Thanks.

Answer:New Hard Drive Making Noise

I wouldn't waste any time in getting a backup made.  You should try to keep those current anyway.Yeah, I'd make them replace the drive too, that's what warranties are for.

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i want a new hard drive but i do not have enough space to fit an internal so i need to get an external.the problem is that they are expensive so i was wonderin is it cheaper to build one myself using a external case nd an internal hard drive.also is it hard to build it?thanks in advance

Answer:making an external hard drive

I bought a couple of s/hand laptop hard drives for about 10 each, and a pair of (new) USB 2 cases for them, these were also about a tenner each.I got them on Ebay. I've been using them for over a year now.No problem making them up, just put the drive in the case and screw the top on.There are usually plenty of laptop drives on Ebay as people fit larger ones in their laptop, then don't have a use for the old one.

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At imes when im using my computer my hard drive makes this squeaking noise not good at hard ware so i need advice on this thank you

Answer:Hard drive making noise

Maybe describe the noise a bit more.. It may be a part of the drive's normal self check routine.

If in doubt, test the drive with the manufacturer-provided diagnostics utility.

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Hi,just brought a new hard drive by mistake, so I brought a HDD enclosure to make it into an external hard drive for storage.however, windows explorer can not find it but in "device manager" hardware found it and says its working properly!is there something I done wrong, why hardware device found it and windows explorer can't?can any one help pleasethanks in advance

Answer:making an external hard drive

Have you formatted it yet? If not then do so, Explorer will then see it.

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hey everybody:

My emachine T3104 has been making an odd sound from the HD for a while now. but if i sort of "tip" it from one side it stops, or if i kind of smack where its coming from it stops as well.

any advice?


Answer:Hard Drive making odd sound

AMDIsTheBest010 said:

any advice?Click to expand...

Back up all important files,run checkdisk.

If it is about to die you`ll be ready,if it isn`t,at least you`ve made that back up
you`ve been meaning to do,but never quite got `round to.

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This is a 3 month old machine, Compaq desktop running XP. Yesterday the hard drive started making a whirring sound. It's not the CPU fan. Is this thing about to crash? There's no warranty with it as it was a return (software related).

Answer:Hard drive making noise

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I have a 4 yr old Compaq computer running Windows XP Pro (upgraded from Win 98). I recently put an additional 80 gig hard drive in and want to make it the main drive and leave the original 10 gig drive for special storage (pictures and music). how do I make this happen?

Answer:Making New Hard Drive Main One

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My hard drive seems to be making a loud clicking noise when running programs. I have a Maxtor hard drive and a gigabyte mobo with an ati radeon 9800 pro vid card with 1 gb ram. Is there anything I can do to fix this or has my hard drive gone bad? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive making noise

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My father is having problems installing windows XP on his desktop computer. I am having trouble explaining it to him over the phone, and he refuses to contact tech support. I had the idea this morning to just buy a cheap HDD, and clone mine, OS and all, and just mail it to him. Problem is, I don't have an XP install disc. The goal is to make an exact copy, without having to re-install everything, and with no boot disc. Is this possible?

Answer:Making a hard drive clone, OS and all.

It won't work. You can't take a drive from one system (original OR clone) and use it on another and expect it to work unless both systems have the exact same hardware.

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Hi, I am have a western digital hard drive


which is 20Gb.

It is making a strange noise, everytime I start the PC. Also i can not access my data and the hard drive doesnt appear in windows xp (as a device).

What should I do to access my data?

Thanks for your help;

Answer:Hard Drive making noise

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i have heard that you can burn an image onto a disk then format your hard drive put the cd in and it will restore the settings you put onto the disk back on the computer

is this true?

Answer:making an hard drive image?

Yes. Drive Image and Ghost both offer ways of doing this. There a many others too.

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Just got a new HD and I dunno how to set it as slave so that my PC recognizes both so that i can format it. How do I do that?

Answer:Hard drive slave making

Try the the tutorial at this site :,,5+26+36038+82+23520+11297,00.html

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is there anyway to make an exact copy of a hard drive onto another harddrive?

so i can take the windows image plus some other stuff from one hard drive onto my new 74 gig raptor drive?

any help very much apreaciated.

Answer:Making a mirror of a hard drive

Try DriveImage, V2i or Ghost.

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my computer wont boot up, it says - DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
I read a thread here similar that someone had a problem similar to this and checked already the cables
and they are connected correctly.
I also checked that the Hard Drive is listed on the BIOS as one of the boot devices.
and also I tried to use the windows XP disk to repair the problem but when it loads, after a minute it gives me
the blue screen with this message:

STOP: 0x0000007F (0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

is my hard drive destroyed?! or is there anything else I can try to do?

thank for anyone that can help.

Answer:Computer wont start up, hard drive makes weird sounds

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my laptop used to sound like a stereo (the internal original speakers), i could jam the better portion of my house with it.
now, after this new hard drive was installed (by a repair service) - it sounds, well, like a laptop.

its not very loud even with all the seemingly possible volume controls on the highest level.
but its not just an issue of volume, it sounds "distant", without bass, like at the other end of a long tunnel.

any suggestions before i have to sacrifice a day of bringing my laptop back to the repair guy?

Answer:Had new Solid State hard drive installed, now audio sounds funny

Check to see if any of your mixer control settings have been changed, not just volume levels.

I'm referring to digital processing settings that might add or omit reverb, extra bass, or maybe simulate certain venues--such as a stadium, a concert hall, a living room, a beer joint, etc.

Do you know that you are now using the same sound driver as before the SSD was installed? Maybe the repair service changed that too, accidentally or on purpose, for unknown reasons.

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