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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:18 pm 
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My 500GB Samsung clicks when I first boot it up from a cold start; when I restart it doesn't do it, only on boot. Is this normal or cause for concern?


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Sounds normal to me. HDDs often click after spinup and the disk spins up when you start the computer, but usually doesn't spin down when you do a restart.

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Clicking is often a sound of a failing hard drive. If this just started I would be worried. Either way, now would be a good time to make a backup just in case!


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deathspared wrote:
Clicking is often a sound of a failing hard drive. If this just started I would be worried. Either way, now would be a good time to make a backup just in case!


Repeated clicking is the sign of a failing hard drive as the head is searching over and over again in the same sector for data that may be corrupted. This may be a head-park test when the system is powered up. If the problem does not occur during intense disk activity, I don't think you have anything to worry about. However, you may want to do a chkdsk on it and view the log file when you're done to check for any bad sectors that may have been found.

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Did it just start recently? One of my Seagates started doing something similar about a month ago. It always clicks at the same point in the boot cycle, and only during boot. If it's a repeated clicking, or does it at any other time than boot, worry! If it doesn't, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it (might be worth backing up the essentials just in case).

I ran the usual tests on mine, and it passed the lot, so I'm putting it down as 'feature' (can't figure out why it's suddenly happening though).

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