Hard Drive Clicks and then hangs on Windows XP Boot Up

By bman2005
Jun 30, 2006
  1. My hard drive (new)(80gig / 10000rpm) is awesome. However, during windows XP startup, the HD will head knock. The drive always does it during the same time during at startup (just after the XP splash screen). It will hang for around 1 minute and then proceed with windows startup and work flawless until reboot. Any thoughts on what setting could be causing this ? It's driving me crazy. Everytime time - a Pannng....then pause.... then windows kicks in.

    I am running AMD 64 x2 4400+ / 2 GB ram.... and really dislike the 'click' and hang during boot up. Any additional information that you might have is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance for you time!

  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    A hard drive clicking is never a good sign I had a 80 GB WD that did the same thing you describe. that lasted for about a year until the time it went, clcikty, click, clickty click, and was toast. you should try running the hard drive makers diagnostics on the hard drive.
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    I'll second what iss is saying and raise him a "back up your data asap".

    (can you tell last night was poker night?)
  4. Starfox00000

    Starfox00000 TS Rookie

    If you can just return the HD and get a new on asap. dont let the warranty run out; HDD noises are BAD.
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