okay - I have an 80GB Seagate SATA drive, which I believe is one of these two here it is the second drive in my computer (other is WD 40GB w/ C:/ drive) I got it last March, so about 8 months ago. It has always been kinda loud when it is being accessed, but recently a new thing is happening. When I have a program open, such as Word, Excel or Photoshop, and I click file>open>browse, the drive begins to click about 1x per second. the program freezes up, but Winamp still plays, I can access the drive and file through Windows Explorer, and I can do every other normal thing. The program eventually dies, but it still clicks. the only way to get rid of it is to reboot. I have a dark feeling that it is nearing the end of its life, but it is only 8 mos old!! Is there something I can try before reformatting it? I have a lot of settings and programs set up on it that I would really rather not erase. any help would be appreciated.