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    ok so today i have been having troubles with my hard drive. i was wondering if this shows that my drive is about to kick the bucket, take a very long nap....die in other words. here are some things i notice:

    1)tiny clicking noises when windows attempts to load, then end up with a blank screen, but it does post and everything...just no windows.
    2)(while in windows)when i try to access a program i hear the same clicking sound, and it ends in the blue error screen (BSOD), then an automatic restart.
    3) after i hear the clicking noises a small power down and it will be fine and everything will boot all nice and smooth.

    is my drive about to die on me?
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    i used to hear those clicks on my old hitachi 120gb. it usually occured when the hard drive was cold, i.e. after a long shutdown. after 5 minutes or so being on the clicks would go away. and it wasn't causing any problems.

    though in your situation it really looks like it went bad. doesn't SMART say anything? or do you have that disabled by chance?

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    smart? whats that?
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Mo...ing_Technology

    usually after post you get message with SMART check up. there are utilities for windows ( other OSes too) to check it manually. speedfan has a tab for smart checking

    it basically detects some problems with the hard drives

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    I think it is only certain drives that have that SMART feature. On top of that, at least on my setup you need to enable it in your BIOS setting.
    I would say the drive is on its way out. I had trouble with a HD last year and after learning some from a bit of research, it seems you have some symptoms imo.

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    well I've just done that thing when you boot you computer, it does the REALLY long hard drive check, and now the hard drive seems fine. no clicking or anything...only time will tell about what happens....

    On a second note: the hard drive was actually saying it was trying to enable RAID even though I never put raid drivers, and i don't even have 2 Sata drives. And i don't think i have 1+0 or whatever it is. but it only did that once or twice.
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    Just to let you know... clicking is one of the main symptoms to occur to let you know the hard drive is on its way to computer heaven
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    well i know that its gonna die in the next month or so(if that), but I've just gave it computer CPR so it lives a little longer
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    ok Update:
    out of my hard drives C-H, i got an "write error on my H drive." so does this mean there is a problem with my H drive. Will taking it out of my computer solve the problem?
    **and for you information** Drive H is an old IDE drive thats like 5 or 6 years old.
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    Clicking sounds can be a warning of a failing HDD. What could be happening in your case that there's a large bad area on the HDD.

    If you can get your data of it you should. A friend of mine once partitioned his high failing hard drive and manged to find a good area of it for some time but only do that if you cannot afford another.
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    I would back it up regularly at this point if you don't already and expect it to fail soon. Sounds like it's due to go soon to the HDD graveyard.

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