The freezes only last a few seconds (5 at most), during which time i can still move my cursor around (though if i click on something, it wont work) and the reason i think it's a hardware problem is because of the sound i hear EVERY TIME this happens. The computer will "freeze" then I'll hear a sound coming from the PC that sounds like a fan starting (or speeding) up and then what sounds like a click, as if someone inside it has flipped a switch. Once i hear the click, everything runs fine again.
A few months ago i added a new SATA drive. This is the only SATA drive i have (i have 2 other hard drives) and the freezing (plus sounds) has only started happening since i got it.
This happens almost every time i'm navigating through folders for more than a few seconds.
I've added three sound clips that i recorded with my cell phone of the sound that i hear when it freezes. Listen for when it sounds like something starts or speeds up and then a few seconds later, there's a click can be heard. The click can be heard when the computer starts responding again. The sound clips have been heavily amplified so you can hear the noise better; please try to ignore (if possible) the sound of the computer fans in general that you can hear running through all three clips.
Any help is greatly appreciated
Windows Vista: Home Premium (x86)
Intel Pentium 4 (3.2Ghz)
Nvidia 8800 GTX
Edited by hypnoticstate, 02 March 2008 - 08:24 PM.