Sign of a failing HDD?

dan-ger-ous

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Alrightey :), so i turned my PC on today in the evening, and noticed a clicking sound a few seconds after the PC was turned on, it may have happened, just before i logged onto windows and once after windows was loading. There was no disruption in the actual performance of the OS (Windows XP SP3), but could this one-off click indicate that my internal HDD is failing, just as a security measure, i'm starting to backup my files to get ready for the worse-case scenario, but hopefully its not bad as it sounds, but there must be a reason behind the random clicks all of a sudden.

What do you think?
 
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hadmad

VIP Member
check your page file is set properly dan there is a tut here somewhere ill look for it now for you
 

dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
Cheers Had, i do have 1GB of ram installed on here, so the performance is pretty good, i'm no longer hearing any noises like that from the hard-drive, i was also listening to my iPod whilst i heard it so my mind may just be playing with me. lol. However, i've backed everything up for the sake of it, my paging file is currently set to System Managed Size, and i havent had any 'windows virtual memory low' messages appear.

Update:


Make and Model of Hard-drive:
maxtor 6y080l0
 
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hadmad

VIP Member
you can some time hear a clicking from the hard drive when the page is being use on start up but not if you have set up right just keep an eye on it and its no harm having a backup
 

dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
Cheers had, just running some error checks now to see if it will improve situations. It has happened today but just the once, and once again, no interferences with the actual experience, may just do some registry cleans and defrags whilst im at it. :)
 

dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
Alrightey.

I've ran Tune-Up Utilities One Click Maintenance, and now have a defragmented hard drive, cleaned out as much of the registry as possible, removed all temporary files but still having the clicking issue. The clicking noise just happens the once, it will click after the Windows XP boot screen has dissapeared (just before i log on to windows) and probably once after its finished loading windows explorer.

Also on odd occasions, it might freeze after its loaded windows explorer and starts to load the programs on the system tray. At the moment that would be Local Area network connection icon, Lexmark All in 1 solution centre and Bitdefender total security. So there isnt much to load, it will take roughly 15 seconds to logon to the system.

Everything is backed up, so if the entire drive fails, i have backups here and there to bring it back together again on a new drive if necessary.

My pageing file is set to system managed size at the moment, if i changed that should it help? :)
 

Mooley

TK Veteran
It does sound like a hardware failure that will kick in more frequently. Try a RAM test. At boot.
 

dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
How would i go about doing that Mooley?

Is it where the computer checks how much RAM it has detected before it boots up Windows XP?
 

ferguj1

Super Duper Modulator
Staff member
Go HERE dan and dl'd and follow the instructions. The free version will not test at boot but from within Windows. But it should give you a pretty good idea if you have a RAM problem nonetheless. I will look for the other one I have that you create a boot disk with to use at start up in the mean time.
 

dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
Go HERE dan and dl'd and follow the instructions. The free version will not test at boot but from within Windows. But it should give you a pretty good idea if you have a RAM problem nonetheless. I will look for the other one I have that you create a boot disk with to use at start up in the mean time.
I'm trying this out now, all applications are closed (currently on my laptop), and its 4.8% complete - 0 Errors.

Update: Sorry, got mixed up between the posts. lol
 
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dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
I am pretty sure that this is the one I was talking about using at boot. HERE
I've started the Mem Test program in your last post on the first page, currently its 22.4% complete with no errors found.

Update: now 33%

Update: Completed with no errors, it may just be the harddrive.
 
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dan-ger-ous

VIP Member
I've done a reformat and re-install of XP on the drive, and for some weird reason the clicking has stopped totally. (y)
 

Pootee

Registered
It's good that it's stopped but keep an eye on the drive, any clicking (does it sound like its trying to re-read the disk?) isn't good in the long term and backup regularly.
 
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