Solved HDD clicks and spins up whenever a DVD disc is inserted

September 7, 2015 at 21:37:59
Specs: Linux i686, AMD 8510 4 gb
Hard drive clicks and spins up whenever a dvd is inserted.

Basically what happens with my computer is a noise comes from the hard drive that sounds like a click and then a spin up. This only consistently happens when I insert a dvd into the dvd player. I have a seagate 160 gb sata drive and a sony optioarc dvd burner.

I've unplugged pretty much everything else just to see if this could be related to some other problem like low power ( I have 4 fans normally but now I only have one, my psu is 350 watts btw). I also unplugged my second drive and all usb devices connected.

I have a dual boot system with Linux on one partition and XP on the other. If I try plugging in a dvd into XP then sometimes it crashes (BSOD)

Here's the output

Kernel data inpage error

stop: 0x0000007A
(0xC05CD188, 0xC000000A3, 0xB9A31642, 0x7B945860)

ftdisk.sys

Address B9A31642 base at B9A27000, date stamp 3b7d8419.

I did run a CHKDSK for XP and that finished fine and I also ran smartmontools on Linux for the said disk on "long" (33 minutes) and that checked out ok.

My motherboard is a asus m5A97 with an AMD 8510 processor with 4 gb of ram.


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#1
September 7, 2015 at 21:42:29
I also wanted to add that I did find this page

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

But I was not sure if it was totally related to mine.


I also wanted to add that I did try going out to best buy and buying a new DVD burner but after installing that I still got the same problems.

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#2
September 7, 2015 at 23:45:08
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Yeah a clicking noise can indicate a hard drive going bad but if yours otherwise seems OK then maybe that's not it.

If the power options have the drive spinning down after a short period of time it's possible it makes that noise when it spins back up (assuming it is coming from the hard drive).

When you put a disk in the DVD drive the hard drive is accessed because it's checking to see if it needs to load any software to play or read the disk.


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#3
September 8, 2015 at 05:36:41
"When you put a disk in the DVD drive the hard drive is accessed because it's checking to see if it needs to load any software to play or read the disk."


Why do I get a BSOD in XP sometimes whenever I playback the DVD. I also get this error whenever I burn a disk during the verify part I get a BSOD along with a clicking and spin up noise from the drive. I've tried NERO and Imgburn and both get the same error during verify?

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#4
September 8, 2015 at 07:27:25
It would be worth running a hard disk check:
http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/suppor...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
September 8, 2015 at 20:27:13
@Derek, forgot to mention that too, already tried the long test, took 33 minutes and passed??? So far I formatted the disk and tried to reinstall XP pro for hecks sake. After install the problem happened again with a BSOD right after a brand new install before even registering it. Basically I inserted a windows setup disk and that caused a clicking sound with a spin up for a few times, maybe 4 and then BSOD -> reboot.


I'm guessing the drive is bad because I have another hard drive internally as well and when I inserted a DVD (without the faulty clicking hard drive connected) during start up (sometime just before the BIOS) I didn't get a clicking noise with a spin up noise. The irony is that both of my HDD's are Seagate but both aren't affect by a DVD drive.

Sometimes just opening the tray and closing it, with nothing inserted, would cause the drive to go crazy.

I'm replacing the drive and I'll post how that goes. If that doesn't solve it then it's probably the board but the other drive should've been affected too so that's why I'm thinking the drive is "fsck"ed.

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#6
September 9, 2015 at 00:25:46
If the drive is clicking at other times too then yes, that's a concern.

The thing about a drive fitness test is the drive has to exhibit its problem while the test is running. If it doesn't then likely the drive will pass.


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#7
September 12, 2015 at 07:39:48
The drive has since then failed completely but luckily I got my stuff off just a few hours before it started clicking and spinning up endlessly in XP, then BSOD and reboot ad infinitum only to get to the splash screen and redo the same failure.

thanks guys.


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#8
September 12, 2015 at 14:17:05
You're welcome. We're glad you were able to rescue its contents.

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