What Does Hard Drive Clicking Sound Like

This is the sound that drives people crazy. It’s been said that the sounds are so frequent, that some hard drives have a life expectancy of about two hours. In terms of pure noise, they sound like a cicada in heat – no wonder their lifespans are so short! However, there are many theories as to what causes the clicking. In some cases it’s due to control hardware overheating during periods of heavy load on a computer and more advanced hard-disk controllers may have higher tolerances than older models. The drive may also be coming loose due to vibrations from the arm while in operation or if power is suddenly lost due to power surge or brownouts.

A very common scenario is someone starts hearing a clicking noise at bootup and then more clicking afterwards when the OS has booted up. In some cases, the drive may be noisy all the time. When this happens, it’s usually a sign of impending failure.

Though you can purchase special cleaning kits and even Linux live CDs to clean your hard drive and make it quieter, it’s best to have the drive examined by a professional – before any serious damage is done.

Another reason for hard drives making clicking sounds is if there are bad sectors on your hard drive that have corrupted data. Usually an operating system will attempt to mark these areas as bad areas and then use the space elsewhere on the disk if possible. If these bad sectors are large enough you may hear clattering and clicking sounds when the drive tries to access the area.

The hard drive head on your drive can also click for a number of reasons. This past summer I was working on a Toshiba Satellite laptop with a 2GB RAM module and Windows wasn’t working properly so I reformatted the hard drive with OS X on it. Both the 1GB and 2GB modules were installed in this model and while working on it, I would hear a “clank” sound coming from the hard drives. I would immediately go to the computer and check it out and they were both quiet. Later that night I was working on my laptop again and started hearing the same sound again. So I checked the hard drives and found that there was no activity on them for about an hour. This time I decided to boot up from a 3rd party OS to see if there was a problem with my RAM or Photoshop memory issues. After having another look at all the hard drives, I decided to call in a technician again, this time its wasn’t just one disk there was something wrong with all of them (all twelve of them in fact).

What does it mean if your hard drive is clicking?

Hard drives can click for numerous reasons. There are times when a hard drive will simply make a faint, intermittent clicking sound. Other times, the clicking noise is persistent. In rare instances, the hard drive makes a loud “clunk” sound every time you turn it on or off. If this happens, feel free to go to your computer for repairs and check the parts in place. If your Hard Drive has failed and needs replacing, you will need to restore the data from a backup or get tech assistance to perform an image backup of your system files.

There are two ways that you can hear if your hard drive is clicking:

Method 1 – The clicking could mean bad sectors have messed up your data.

Method 2 – The clicking could be the hard drive itself, usually on a computer with a read/write head and motor assembly that is failing.

If you hear a clicking sound in both cases and it happens often then there may be corruption on your hard drive. If you are unsure about the nature of the noise then you should have your hard drive replaced as soon as possible.

Most of the time, however, you will hear a loud “clunking” when turning your PC off or inserting a device such as a disc into it. This is usually caused by a faulty read/write head on the hard disk or bad sectors has corrupted data on the disk.

Can a clicking hard drive be fixed?

In most cases, yes. Proper repairs can fix hard drives that are clicking as a result of bad sectors or a faulty read/write head. However, if your hard drive is making a loud noise when you turn it on or off you need to replace it as soon as possible because it could fail from the extra stress.

Since these problems are related to the parts within the hard drive itself, it is best to take your computer into an authorized repair shop for assistance.

How do you reduce hard drive clicking?

The best way to reduce the chances of your hard drive making a clicking sound is to install an anti-virus program like AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition. This will protect your computer from malware and other malicious programs as well as keep your hard drive protected.

If you hear a clicking noise, even when there aren’t viruses on your computer then that could be caused by a loosening head on the hard drive platters. It’s best to have this repaired by an authorized technician so it doesn’t happen again.

Some users also find that lowering their CPU frequency can help keep the drive quiet and prevent a clicking sound from occurring at all. In the end, sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent those pesky clicks from reaching out and snipping all your data off of your hard drives. The best way to avoid this is to back up your data frequently.

Some computer users may find that it helps to pull the computer away from other equipment, move your monitor away from the hard drive or use a quieter hardware configuration.

How do you fix a clicking noise on a hard drive?

The Hard Drive itself can be replaced if its failing or the read/write head can be fixed if it is loose and causing bad sectors on the platters. If your CPU cannot be turned down, then you should have your hard drive checked out by an authorized technician before any more damage is caused.

In order to fix these issues the technician may recommend replacing your hard drive with a new one, however if your PC is running slow or has other problems this may not be a viable option.

If your computer is making a clicking sound and you know of a good technician in your town then it’s best to call them so they can make an evaluation of the drive and get you up and running again.

The other solution is to get it fixed by an authorized tech at an opportune moment before it causes further damage. The good news is that most technicians can fix these specific issues on their current day off.

Hard drive clicking but still works?

If it’s still working, then the hard drives may have a problem that is not apparent. If the clicking occurs when you are operating on it and doing work, then this could be a sign of a bad head. There are many reasons why the hard drive may be clicking or making other noises.

In most cases, even after you have made this diagnosis you should call an authorized technician to make the repair for you.

What if my hard drive clicks?

If your high-performance computer starts making noises such as clicking or clacking sounds when it is running, then count yourself lucky because there are many things that can cause these tiny issues that may injure your data. Get your computer checked out at the earliest opportunity.

If the hard drive is clicking, it may be a problem with the hard drive or with the data on it. You should immediately shut down your PC and remove any removable internal drives from your computer. If this does not stop the clicking noise then it is best to replace your hard drive right away.

Hdd click of death?

If your hard drive is clicking, you should make an appointment with an authorized technician because it is likely you have a bad drive and there could be some real problems that are causing the issue.

If your hard drive is still working, but you hear a clicking noise when trying to start it up or when your computer boots back up, then this could be caused by a bad sector on the hard drive. For this reason, you should always have the hard drive looked at by a professional who can repair these issues.

The best way to find out if a hard drive is making noises and whether or not it is functioning properly is to take it to the store where you purchased it or have a knowledgeable technician check it out. The bad news is that most hard drives will be under warranty and since they are used once a year you usually have to pay for it.

If the hard drive is still under warranty, then contact the manufacturer’s customer service department, or call in your computer directly for assistance.

If none of these options work and you do get your computer repaired, then you may end up paying more than if you had just bought a new one in the first place.