How Can I Avoid Hard Drive Clicking?

drive-clickThe dreaded ‘click of death’ can be a pretty serious issue to deal with, especially if you are not familiar with the reasoning behind that hard drive clicking like it is. The first thing people generally think of when they hear their hard drive clicking is that it is going to fall into some catastrophic failure and their data and files will be lost. This can happen, no reason to lie about that. However if you regularly backup your files, you have nothing to worry about.

One item to keep in mind is the age of your system. If it is an older model, the issue may simply be air. Many of the more modern models do not have fans built into them to cool them off when they are in use. Check this first and if it is the case, simply sit a small desk fan pointed to the system and see if that works.

Another main item to consider is the amount of use your system sees. Are you an avid user? Is the system on all day, and in the evening it is only ‘put to sleep’ and not entirely shut down? If the answer is yes, this may be a problem. Computer systems need rest too. Just as humans and animals need to rest, so do electronics. Shut it completely down at night and let it rest. You may be amazed and the progress you see. And who know the hard drive clicking may be a thing of the past soon enough!

Causes Of Clicking Hard Drive Sounds

We all have needed extra space for our data. Most of the time, a computer’s hard disk drive isn’t enough to store all our important files and we have to store and backup these files on an external hard drive. But when you suddenly hear clicking hard drive sounds from your external HD, what do you think is probably causing these noises? There can be several causes for the clicking hard drive sounds. See this for examples. One might be that the drive is not getting the enough amount of power it needs to fully spin up and function properly. This can be remedied by making sure that there is enough power source for the drive and your computer to work. Reason number two can be that the cables connecting the external hard drive to your computer and other cables such as the Ethernet data cable, FireWire, Thunderbolt, eSATA, or USB cable is not the correct fit for your external hard drive or these cables are faulty. You can help fix this by simply replacing the cables that you are currently using and making sure that they are all a perfect fit for your external hard drive. Lastly, the clicking hard drive sounds can also mean that the external hard drive itself has already crashed. In this case, it’s best to take it to a computer professional for much needed data recovery troubleshooting.

Stop The Clicking Sounds On An External Hard Drive

Today, everything is driven by data. People like taking endless photos, storing countless files and what not on external hard drives. The trouble is, what do you do when the space you are saving all your photos and files to just suddenly makes the clicking hard drive noises?

Fortunately, external hard drives are easier to troubleshoot because you do not need to actually strip down your computer’s parts and tear it apart just so you could get to the hard drive. Also, some clicking hard drive sounds can be easily remedied when you know what to look for when it happens. As external hard drives are connected to a computer, check first to see if your computer has enough power driven to it to fully operate your drive. Because one reason why you hear the clicking hard drive sounds is that there is not enough power in your computer to fully spin the hard drive, causing it to create these sounds. Another way to stop the clicking is to double check all the cables that you are using. Make sure that the USB cable, eSATA, Thunderbolt, etc. cables are the correct ones that match the requirements of your external hard drive. By making sure that these two things are done right, you won’t be hearing any of those clicking sounds anytime soon.

One Response to “How Can I Avoid Hard Drive Clicking?”

  1. Wayner says on October 20th, 2017 at 6:12 pm:

    Great post. I’m glad I came across it, as I was losing my mind with this clicking hard drive. You’d be surprised how much crap information is out there when it comes to failing disks.

    Especially the forums. What a bunch of idiots!

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