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Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:42 PM
ORGAL ORGAL is offline
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Default Clicking hard drive [; ; winXP]

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I bought a computer system 2nd hand at a boot was all set up and running sweet so I decided to buy...this was about 3 months ago and just last week the hard drive started clicking noises and not the end I decided to format and reinstall xp..but while setting up windows the drive began to click again and did not finish anstalling I tried another install and this time it worked and so far the drive is working ok...I tried scan disk but it did not find anything wrong?
I think there must be bad sectors or something...I heard that hdd regenerator might fix this...or is there anything else I could try...I dont mind if I have to lose some space on the drive as its a 120gig...
The drive is an ibm 120 gig and I am running it in an athlon 2700 with xp pro operating system...thanks for any help...
Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:50 PM
CHR15 CHR15 is offline
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IBM Deathstar to be presice!!

That "Click" is the infamous [i]Click of Death[/i].

Your hard drive is on its way out, along with about 200,000 other IBM Deskstar Hard Drives.

IBM do have a decent Drive Fitness Test on their website to download.


But this is the page you will be needing soon enough:


If I were you I would get another hard drive and use the IBM only for non essential data storage. I certainly wouldn't recommend putting anyhting on there which you will NEED later on.
Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Try Partition Magic 8, it scans HD for bad sectors.

If you do have a bad sector, fix it (should automatically fix) and partition HD and reinstall everything. Might take about 2 hrs. Took 3hrs to scan my 160gb HD.

Good luck
Old Apr 24, 2004, 01:18 PM
CHR15 CHR15 is offline
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Heres a site with some customer reviews on these pieces of junk:

[url]*********** eview5685[/url]

I have only bought one, Took about 3 attempts to get windows on when it was brand new. Each successive pass of the drive fitness test gave me more bad sectors.

Lasted almost a day before I RMA'd it.
Old Apr 24, 2004, 02:28 PM
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guys my mistake its not an ibm drive thats what the guy who sold me it said was in it...just opened case to check its a Samsung spinpoint 120 it repareable or is it on its way out...cheers

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