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laptop hard drive clicking

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Humate, 9 Jul 2006.

  1. Humate

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 Dec 2005

    Posts: 652

    Hi i have an ibm thinkpad x41... from the day i bought it (about 4 months ago) the laptop hard drive clicks regularly, even when its just sat idle on xp desktop. Someone told me the other day that this is bad, but i just figured the laptop hard drive was noisey... is this clicking a problem? or is it normal?
     
  2. Silver_&_Gold

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 2 Jun 2006

    Posts: 93

    Check it with IBM's DFT (Drive.Fitness.Tool)
     
  3. Humate

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 Dec 2005

    Posts: 652

    ok thanks
     
  4. squiffy

    Banned

    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,155

    nah it's usual the HD is accessed during idle, depends what you have running/services etc. As long as it's not constantly on or going CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK whilst accessing data and taking ages to copy or crashing Explorer than nothing to worry about. If you're concerned do a surface scan test.
     
  5. Humate

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 Dec 2005

    Posts: 652

    hard to put a sound into an adjective... but i suppose it must be ok because it doesnt have these other symptoms... it is kinda a clunk though but only when idle. It doesnt bother me. I tried chkdsk and that seemed fine and pcdoctor it passed all the tests... so must be ok.

    cheers
     
  6. Leporello

    Gangster

    Joined: 27 Oct 2005

    Posts: 481

    The noise you're hearing is that of the drive arm moving across the platter as it seeks data. It is "normal" for the particular drive in your machine. If the noise doesn't irritate you simply ignore it.