Clicking hard drives

Seagate St310005exa101-rk hard drive - 1...
July 19, 2010 at 12:30:41
Specs: Windows 7
I was running an iomega 320GB external hard drive on an old, slow computer with windows xp with 700mb ram for around a year when it started to lag when watching films or otherwise using a file on the hard drive and make a beeping noise. I'd get error messages saying "Delayed Write Failed" and the drive would not show up in My Computer.

I read somewhere about a virus which was something to do with an autorun file?

Numerous online virus scans turned up nothing, so I assumed the drive was about to die and bought a Seagate 1tb drive to replace it.

I copied all the files over and still get the same results. No "Delayed Write Failed" errors but still when I am watching things the drive 'clicks' and the film pauses for a few moments. It always resumes but it's really *REALLY* irritating.

I asked around at work and the general consensus was that the computer I was using was too old/slow to support the drive so I bought myself a new desktop with 4gb ram, 2.70GHZ processor and Windows 7.

Sure enough, when I go to use the drive the same thing happens!

Could it be a virus, as I have transferred the filed from the original disk? Please PLEASE help!!! It's driving me mad.

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July 19, 2010 at 12:46:55

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July 19, 2010 at 13:18:41
Sorry, that's no use. That's to do with Windows XP.

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July 19, 2010 at 13:30:42
Is the external drive a USB 2.0 model?

How much data is currently on it (in GBs)?

Is the beeping noise coming from the hard drive?

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July 19, 2010 at 13:47:32
Yes, it is.

345GB used - 586GB free space

The noise is coming directly from the hard drive.

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July 19, 2010 at 14:17:18
How can a 320GB USB hard drive use 345GB and still have 586GB free. You must be posting the internal drive capacity.

Am I misunderstanding something here? Are you palying the files off the 320GB external drive?

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July 19, 2010 at 14:42:10
No, I have a 1tb drive, the 320gb drive was my original one.

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July 19, 2010 at 15:09:19
So answer my other question.

Are you running the video files from the external when viewing them?

Are you connecting the USB drive directly to a port on the motherboard (at the rear)? Or possibly using a USB hub or plugging into a combination card reader?

What other USB devices are you using?

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July 19, 2010 at 15:22:50
Yes, the files are being run off the external hard drive. It's connected via a USB port.

Other USB devises are wireless ketboard and mouse & a webcam (which is never used while watching video files.

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July 19, 2010 at 16:09:03
What is the original source of the files? Is it possible the pauses and clicks are part of the original files?

Try copying a file over to the internal drive and viewing from there to see.

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July 19, 2010 at 18:26:59
Click of death.

Use S.M.A.R.T tools from OEM site or generic hard drive test tools.

Usually clicking is the end of the drive.

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