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Funny sound

  1. Sep 13, 2004 #1

    Monique

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    :bugeye: I caught my notebook making a funny sound (several times already): something like a click, similar to when you release a string or when you put up your bicycle stand (I wonder if people in the US even HAVE those :uhh: :tongue2: )

    I sure hope it's not my harddrive :bugeye: could it be that?

    it is EXACTLY one year since I bought the notebook (typical).. good I bought two years of extra insurance :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Sep 13, 2004 #2

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    I suggest defragmenting your drive so the head of the hard drive reader doesn't have to jump around as often.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2004 #3

    Monique

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    Hey, that's a good idea :)
     
  5. Sep 14, 2004 #4

    chroot

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    If it happens after a few minutes of inactivity, it is probably just the drive parking its heads (moving them off to the side of the disk so that they can't accidentally bump into the discs). Are you sure it's a new noise?

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  6. Sep 19, 2004 #5

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    Monique, I suggest that just in case, you make sure everything on your computer is backed up (always a good practice, but everyone gets sloppy sometimes). The only time I had a notebook start clicking at me was about a week before it died a horrible death. I don't know what the clicking was, but apparently it was a bad thing. I handed it off to a friend who derives great joy from reviving dead computers, and he got it working with a new motherboard and I'm not sure if he also replaced the hard drive. I do know nothing on it was ever seen again (though it was all backed-up elsewhere, so not too disastrous).
     
  7. Sep 20, 2004 #6
    Having just had my hard drive crash on my laptop, I would suggest you immediately back up anything important on your computer, and look into getting a new hard drive just in case. I would also suggest looking for programs on the internet for HD diagnostics.

    When my HD was having trouble, I would hear an audible click, and the system would hang for a couple seconds before continuing. I don't know if that's what you are having, but if it is don't take a chance.
     
  8. Sep 20, 2004 #7
    When a drive gets "broken in" the heads tend to make louder clicks than when new, becuase the dampeners are wore out usually..
    This however is not a big problem, just make sure it is defragmented and you run a scnadisk or some HDD scan thing..

    now, thecolor, what was happening to you, is the HDD could not find the item(magnetic arrangment) it needed, and finally just wore out..

    btw, what model and brand is your notebook Monique?
     
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  9. Sep 20, 2004 #8

    Monique

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    Mine is a packard bell, the brand is not marketed in the US :)

    I haven't heard strange things since I defragmented, everything is backed up :)
     
  10. Sep 20, 2004 #9

    Monique

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    :bugeye: it happened again today when I was checking disk health at www.pcpitstop.com ,a jumping needle I guess, and got an 'unusually low disk performance' rating (disk speed measured by the transfer rate or a relatively large data file). Without the sound I get an excellent rating, I'll contact the supplier :)
     
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  11. Sep 20, 2004 #10
    If that is the case Monique, look at getting a new hard drive
     
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