Makes loud tone and ticking sound at approx 2-3 persecond

Toshiba / A15-s129
December 6, 2019 at 19:53:57
Specs: Win 7, Atom N2600
Acer, Aspire One, D270 1865, netbook. Worked good 6mos. ago last use. Hot humid environment. Now I get the loud tone and the "ticking" and finally the sound stops and nothing happened. I have a rescue CD made with Macrium Reflect Free. Connect the USB DVD drive and crank it up; same tone and ticking, but finally starts to load the Macrium, but hangs "loading driver xxxx" after afew seconds.

Hard drive?


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#1
December 6, 2019 at 20:37:54
"Hard drive?"
Sounds like it.

If you have/borrow another hard drive to see if the noise goes away. Put a new operating system on it & test.

If no drive available, take the drive out & test.
Still noisy?

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#2
December 7, 2019 at 04:45:59
"Ticking" sounds are not a good thing. As Johnw mentioned, it's generally an indication of hard drive failure:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4pEsU...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
December 7, 2019 at 07:18:14
As the others have stated, the ticking is an indication of a failing/failed HDD. Temporarily remove the HDD & try booting off your Rescue disc. If it works without hanging up, the defective HDD is what was holding it back. If you want to keep the netbook, it would be a good time to replace the HDD with a SSD. You can get a decent 240, 250, or 256GB for about $30.

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#4
December 7, 2019 at 08:35:04
And of course copy all important files (photos usually the first in this respect followed by legal/fiscal documents) to DVD and to an external hard drive.

Clicking noises almost certainly herald death of the drive - at any time.

You may extend the life of the current drive - "briefly" - by chilling it down in the freezer for an hour os so.

After-whcih access the drive and save contents as above.

For more details on that routine post back.


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