Solved Click click click click click from Hard Drive

November 4, 2013 at 12:23:24
Specs: Win 7, amd 64x2
I was sitting here attempting to help others with their computer problems on this forum, when I heard click click click click, otherwise it was quiet. Immediately I suspected the second laptop I bought the better half, but no, it was quiet and showing no errors. So I turned to my main unit with 3 hard drives. I ran seatools generic quick test on all 3 drives and when it tested the newest drive I have (seagate 1tb) drive, I thought.....darn new hard drives, it failed! I shut off the system, as the 1tb is a data drive and not the system drive, bought a 3tb. Cloned the 1tb drive to the 3tb drive expanding to use the full size of the hard drive.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#1
November 4, 2013 at 13:31:19
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so what is the question?

Davidw


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November 4, 2013 at 13:35:09
That's why I use only WD drives. I have had a number of drives over the years fail, all of which came with the computers and all of them were Seagate. Way back I preferred Maxtor, but since Seagate purchased them, I switched to Western Digital. Back in 1995, my brother warned me away from anything Seagate except their enterprise drives. Since Windows XP, I have built all the computers for the family except laptops, which have helped eliminate most of the issues.

Since this looks like an informative post and I do not see any question, I am leaving no answer.

For anyone else reading this out there, if you hear the click, click, click, back up, back up, back up. Now, now, now!!! It is a sure sign of a dying drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#3
November 4, 2013 at 14:35:23
Clone finished, new hard drive up and running 0% data loss.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#4
November 4, 2013 at 14:36:27
Have found good and bad in all models but in general the last few years hard drives are not built to last like days of old.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#5
November 4, 2013 at 20:00:25
I m not saying that every company does not have bad drives, but I have noticed a pattern.
'Gateway 2000' Windows 95 - over the life of the machine replaced the power supply and the Seagate hard drive when they died.
Two hard drives at work died, both Seagate.
Gateway desktop machine (daughters) at home, Seagate hard drive died when she was at college (using newer laptop).
As well as many times here when I asked or noticed what brand of hard drive had given up prematurely, most often was Seagate.
I have had other hard drives that were retired due to being too small (primary drives initially, data and backup drives on newer machines) after 8, 9, and even 10 years (10GB, 20GB, 80GB). Wait, I forgot, the 80GB is still in my den computer as a network drive for dropping and transferring files. It was a back up drive on the XP machine before that one and was the primary drive from a Windows 98 machine I used at work originally.
Of course, my personal opinions only so take them as you like.

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#6
November 4, 2013 at 22:38:04
Yeah things change. WD drives in the 10 to 30 gig range were total crap. Quantum drives always had a bearing whine. Maxtors were OK but Seagate was the best. At the time they were the only ones with a 3 year warranty--most were one year.

Higher RPM may be factor in the perceived shorter lifetime of newer drives.


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#7
November 4, 2013 at 22:46:34
For a help forum, this was the most pointless thread I have seen for a long time. Please stick to asking for help with problems or offering help - no problem, no post.

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#8
November 5, 2013 at 03:55:59
Phil you are normally a polite person, try to remain that way. Take a chill pill.

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#9
November 5, 2013 at 04:03:25
What it does show, is that if you do not let a problem get worse, get on top of the issue, replace failing parts in a timely fashion, you can likely resolve things as I did without issue.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#10
November 7, 2013 at 04:56:06
didn't mean to be rude but couldn't help myself but do agree with the rest of the postings

Davidw


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#11
November 7, 2013 at 05:19:36
Is that similar to someone saying "look I don't mean to be insulting", right before they are about to insult you? I thought yours was a vailid question. I got a chuckle out of Phil, telling me how and when I should be posting and the horse I rode in on yadda yadda yadda. I give Phil credit though, it isn't personal he's consistently short.

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#12
November 7, 2013 at 05:41:52
Tested the 1 tb drive passes both a short and long test, but this drive is dying of a physical problem likely relating to a failing board. Every so often through out the day "click click click click" So when it works it tests fine, but one day it would just stop working and you'd never get the data off it. As it is, no worries. Actually 1 worry, the 3tb I bought is also a seagate (didn't have WD in that size Fingers, where I was) and it appears to have the same board on it. Western Digital 320g sata laptop drives were often bad, Seagate has had a bunch of duds too, and I believe they bought Maxtor who also had some duds, the slimline for one. I know the huge flood in Asia hit the factories where hard drives were made and I was wondering if we weren't seeing flakey hard drives they attempted to salvage, we'll never know. I was hoping the 5 year quality would remain(wishful thinking), but the makers seem intent on limiting their loss with 1 yr warranties and less reliable drives. For any one who was wondering, I used "Reflect" by Macrium (free) to image the drive, no problems. "Remember, we're all in this together;)"~Red Green.

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#13
November 7, 2013 at 12:34:02
lol like saying dont jump as the guys jumpimg from the bridge

Davidw


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