Solved Computer Clicks on Startup

February 27, 2020 at 15:27:00
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i7-4790 || 32gig
My friend's desktop clicks when starting. The clicking continues for about 5 minutes then fades away.

Here's a recording of the sound.

You may have to increase your volume to hear it

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February 27, 2020 at 16:04:02
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Others here have more experience with this, but it sounds to
me like a failed hard drive. If the data on the drive is not backed
up elsewhere, your only hope of recovering the data is probably
to take the drive to a professional computer repair place. This
repair could be fairly expensive.

I presume that the computer starts up okay, but the operating
system fails to begin loading.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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February 27, 2020 at 16:12:43
Certainly sounds like the drive is failing, or has failed.

One routine which “ may” allow access to and recovery of data etc. is the freezer routine.

Are you happy to go inside the computer (all power removed first - obviously) and remove the hard drive?

If so then post back for further what to do next.

If the drive does boot up at present, then immediately copy all personal and important “stuff” to another (usb connected) hard drive. You might even manage to clone the drive to another (usb connected) drive too. But initially if the drive boots ok... copy/save personal stuff first to an external drive. You can use dvd as well, but you’ll need a few, and an external drive would be better.

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February 27, 2020 at 17:50:11
Thanks to both for your replies.

The hard drive is what I thought too.

I didn't explain. This is a secondary drive. His main drive is an SSD so it can't be that one, hence is has to be the secondary drive.

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February 28, 2020 at 09:52:37
Since it's not the boot drive, just disconnecting it will tell you if it's the source of the clicking.

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