My comp makes a clicking sound when I turn it on

By Kz2 ยท 7 replies
Mar 14, 2009
  1. For some reason when i turn on my computer, it makes this clicking sound and a few seconds later the comp will show the boot up screen and it just stays there. I turned it off and turned it back on and it was fine. But everytime i use my computer, i always have to open it, close it and reopen it again. Help is appreciated:D

    EDIT: My computer is 3 years old and runs on windows xp.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Does the clicking sound like it is coming from the harddrive? if it does then back up everything A.S.A.P.

    I advise that you go to your harddrive manufacturer's website, download their free harddrive diagnostics utility and diagnose your harddrive.
  3. ThaUnknown

    ThaUnknown TS Rookie Posts: 62

    make sure there are no cables touching the case fans
  4. Kz2

    Kz2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i started it this morning and it said "please insert boot drive" or something along those lines after the boot up screen
  5. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Uh oh... your hard drive may have or is in the process of crashing.
  6. Kz2

    Kz2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well thx for the help guys, yea my hard drive is going to crash sooner or later and i dont got anything to back it up. but my friend is nice enough to give me a 5gb replacement drive so i guess thats enough for windows xp and work lol
  7. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Anything important you can burn to a CD or transfer to a flash drive. Did you get a chance to do an HD diagnosis?
  8. iMoose

    iMoose TS Rookie Posts: 57

    DUDE!!!! I know that sound well, my friend. Some even make a big "TA-DING!" like a ye olde tyme typewriter!

    Get a flash drive. And if you put that small drive your friend's giving you in NOW, you could ghost your OS onto it. Then ghost it back onto the replacement, when ya get the bucks.

    I always back-up at least my pics to flash drives. As I have an eMachines. :stickout:

    Everybody with an eMachines knows what I'm talkin' bout. :dead: Older models anyways.
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