Is my hard drive on the way out?

By jools182 ยท 9 replies
Oct 25, 2007
  1. Hi

    I have been having a few problems with my PC seeming a little sluggish at times, nothing major, just a bit slow

    Anyway today I have noticed when on a web page if I move the mouse over anything that is 'clickable' there is a clicking noise coming from my pc

    Any ideas?
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    it is possible - find the diagnostics software for your drive maker, download and then run it from a floppy or CD.
    If not hardware, it might be an excess of spyware - what system security are you running?
  3. boykov

    boykov TS Booster Posts: 74

    Some info on your pc would be helpfull..
    About the pc being sluggish .. try some basic things : start>programs>accessories>system tools (disk cleanup, disk defragment)... could also check for spyware...
    As to the clicking: for win XP it is normal to make the clicking sound, but the sound should be heard when you actually press the mouse button or when Explorer is actually opening a page...

  4. jools182

    jools182 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 104

    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp.051011-1528)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: FUJITSU SIEMENS
    System Model: P5GD1-FM
    BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/22/05 11:02:52 Ver: 08.00.10
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 1024MB RAM
    Page File: 573MB used, 1888MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

    I have recently just fitted a X1650 pro ultimate graphics card

    As for the clicking, it was definitely from the tower itself, its not the normal click you get from xp, it sounded mechanical if you know what I mean

    I am running Panda internet security 2007
  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Dying hard drives click. I still think this is what you should do first!
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Does the sound come from your speakers or from the pc itself?
  7. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    he's said that the clicking comes from the actually tower so take a look at the Drive diagnostic utilities compendium and run the diagnostic utility for your hard drive manufacturer :) if your manufacturer isn't listed or doesn't have a program then use one that says it will work for all manufacturers
  8. jools182

    jools182 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 104

    Ok, having real problems now

    I decided to run chkdsk

    I rebooted in safe mode through the msconfig command as I couldn't work out how to do it the other way

    I tried chkdsk c:/f/r

    It wouldn't do it as it said the drive was being used for another program. It asked if I would like to run chkdsk on reboot, which I said yes to

    So ir rebooted and started doing chkdsk but hung up on step 4 of 5 - veryfying file data at 24%

    So I switched the machine off

    Started it up again and it started running chkdsk again, it said if I wish to skip this process to press any key. pressed a few keys and it carried on with chkdsk and locked up again. It won't let me skip the chkdsk process and it won't complete, so I can't boot my machine :mad:

    Is there anything I can do?

    I had to type this message on my mobile phone!! It took ages!
  9. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Nobody likes a smart-**** but I still think I am right and that the drive is dead.
    Get another one and fit it, install windows and be certain it works.
    Then fit the old drive to the system (use the cable for the CD perhaps) and reboot - you may then be able to recover some files but bear in mind that you may not get many chances.
  10. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    First things first

    Setup a chkdsk in My Computer C: Check both options and restart.
    If it has partitions,do them too.
    This takes time so find something to do besides stareing at your monitor.
    ?'s You didn't describe your HD Name,size or age.
    If it's 4 years or more,save your personal data to disk and things like
    Favorites and OE email and addresses.
    ? To members,I can't locate a log file for chkdsk.
    Anyone know what it's called if any.
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