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devper94

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edit: No need now. The computer is dead.

I have been experiencing random clicking from my computer.
It happens every time my computer starts up, and again randomly when I open a file.
Each time it does that, my PC freezes for a few secs, then the syslog says something like:

ata1: lost interrupt (Status 0x50)
ata1: soft resetting link
ata1.00: device reported invalid CHS sector 0

Oddly, this only happens when I am running Linux or reading files from the Linux partition.
Maybe this is a HDD failure?
I have backed up everything important. Please show me what to do.

Edited by devper94, 06 March 2011 - 07:22 AM.

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No need for it now...
My HDD is completely dead. The PC won't recognize it any more.
Well... it is 6 yrs old after all.
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This is what is known in PC circles as the click of death for obvious reasons
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Well, sorry we were not quick enough. Clicking is often a sign of impending drive failure. I hope you had time to back up any data you need, because unfortunately, recovery now would be near impossible and expensive.
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Yes yes... lucky me I had enough time to back up everything.
It's pretty old anyway... Thanks for helping.
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lucky me I had enough time to back up everything.

Excellent and you are welcome.
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