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Overheating Hard Drive

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I have a Maxtor 80G boot-drive running WinXP Pro (FAT32), a second Maxtor 80G as a non-boot primary slave (No O/S NTFS) and a Seagate Barracuda 250G non-boot secondary master (No O/S NTFS).

(I've 1Gig of SDRam installed and my CPU is a 2.4 Celeron).

My main HDD (0,0) runs very noisily when the system is idle or running very few processes.
(I've disable the Indexing Service).

When the problem occurs, the noise level is very high (very fast repetitive clicking noise), the hard drive is running very fast, the CPU usage is high and the HDD temperature notably increases.

I'm worried it will eventually fail, losing my main boot drive.

Any suggestions as to what could be causing it please?
Thank you. :whistling:

Forgot to add;
The reason I mentioned the Indexing Service in my post is that even though it's turned off in the 'services.msc', the Fat32 drive is the only one where turning the Indexing Service on/off isn't mentioned in the HDD properties. It's there on the two NTSC drives. Also, the sounds is a very 'labour intensive' sounds, which gives the impression something like the Indexing Service is running. However, as soon as I bring up the task manager to attempt to establish what's running, the noise stops.

Edited by cyberdyne, 03 December 2006 - 10:47 AM.

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