Clicking noise in tower

September 5, 2010 at 11:14:24
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I have an hp desktop running Windows Vista; it's about 3 1/2 yrs old. I recently took it in for repair because the power supply died. While there getting it fixed I had extra RAM installed. Since bringing it home, I hear clicking noises frequently. I think my mouse broke last night & I did an improper shut down (I now remember how to access the start menu w/o a mouse.), and when restarting, I saw a bolded message that failure of my hard drive is imminent. Is all of this just an amazing coincidence, or should I be concerned about the work done to it? (the place was recommended to me by a friend who has had computers repaired there.)

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September 5, 2010 at 13:54:17
Yeah, clicking can be a sign of a failing hard drive, if the clicking is coming from the drive. First open the case and see if you can tell exactly where it's coming from. Make sure no wires or cables are brushing against the cooling fan blades and causing the noise.

Make sure the hard drive data cable is in good condition and tightly connected as a problem there may make the bios think the drive is failing.

If you still have the problem, download a diagnostic utility from the drive manufacturer.

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September 6, 2010 at 12:31:27
There are many hard drive apps out there to help diag the state of the hard drive. Most S.M.A.R.T diags can tell if it has been clicking usually. Head seek failure or other name would be recorded.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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