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Hard Drive Clicks When Booting


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ComputerNerd_53

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Okay, so I go upstairs this afternoon to find a BSOD on my laptop's screen. I restart the computer, but it won't boot, it just made these weird clicking noises. So, I removed the battery, RAM, and hard drive, and turned it on to see if it was something that wasn't removable that was making it click. Then I put the battery and RAM back in, it still wasn't clicking. So I put the hard drive in again and listened right beside it. What do you know: "click click click click" and all I see is a black screen.

So, I try to boot from my Ubuntu live CD, but it just clicks and clicks away. I remove my hard drive, and boot from the CD, it works fine.

Is my hard drive shot, or is there a way to repair it?

Specs:

Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Turion 64 x2
2GB DDR2 SDRAM
120GB 5400RPM Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00
etc etc
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Okay, so I go upstairs this afternoon to find a BSOD on my laptop's screen. I restart the computer, but it won't boot, it just made these weird clicking noises. So, I removed the battery, RAM, and hard drive, and turned it on to see if it was something that wasn't removable that was making it click. Then I put the battery and RAM back in, it still wasn't clicking. So I put the hard drive in again and listened right beside it. What do you know: "click click click click" and all I see is a black screen.

So, I try to boot from my Ubuntu live CD, but it just clicks and clicks away. I remove my hard drive, and boot from the CD, it works fine.

Is my hard drive shot, or is there a way to repair it?

Specs:

Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Turion 64 x2
2GB DDR2 SDRAM
120GB 5400RPM Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00
etc etc



The click is from a bad harddrive. Sorry that this happened to you. No way to repair a bad harddrive you will need to buy a new one.
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That is very weird, I wouldn't think something like this would happen out of nowhere. It was running fine this morning, then I go up three or four hours later and have a blue screen and the hard drive is failing?

Okay, well I'll look into a new drive then!
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That is very weird, I wouldn't think something like this would happen out of nowhere. It was running fine this morning, then I go up three or four hours later and have a blue screen and the hard drive is failing?

Okay, well I'll look into a new drive then!



A harddrive can fail at any given time. Depending on heat or hardware failure internally, the armature could have scratched the data on the disk platter etc.. So many things can happen and you cannot fix it.
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hard drives are mechanical. They fail.
Believe it or not electronic components wear out as well.
There is usualy no warning before a failure.
Back up, back up, back up!
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If the laptop is still not under warranty then take a look at this HD.

$50 for a 160gb brand new from newegg.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822149073
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