Don’t dismiss strange clicking noises coming from your computer.

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There might be a lot of reasons, but it’s also possible that your hard disc is ready to fail.

Parts within PCs make noise, especially when there are a lot of spinning parts. Your computer should never make a clicking noise. That typically signifies things that aren’t quite right elsewhere.

It could be as simple as a cable becoming entangled in a fan blade. However, there could be something more catastrophic, such as your hard drive about to die. As a result, don’t dismiss it.

Simple pleasures

A clicking noise doesn’t always signify it’s your hard disc; it could be something less serious. Your fans should be checked to see if anything is getting stuck in them as they spin.

This could be especially important for people who build their own computers. Check for labels, tags, cables, cable ties, or any other foreign objects caught in the rotating mechanism. Make sure the CPU cooler, the PSU fan, and any intake and exhaust fans aren’t the source of the noise.

What makes you think it’s the hard drive?

The hard drive is made of an actuator arm that reads and writes data by moving back and forth across the media. As the songs play, imagine a vinyl record player with the needle travelling over the record.

According to HowToGeek, a clicking noise coming from the computer could indicate trouble:

A loud “snap” or “click” noise is something you don’t want to hear. This usually indicates a mechanical problem with the disc or the arm, and it could suggest that your hard drive is failing.

Because a hard disc is mechanical and contains moving parts, it is prone to failure right away. It is possible for something to stop moving if it is moving.

I’m not sure how I’ll know.

If the drive is a secondary drive, that is, one that does not contain your primary Windows installation, you can simply unplug the SATA power line and restart your computer. It’s a safe guess that the noise was caused by that hard disc if it’s no longer making noise.

Using software to check the health of the drive in issue is a more technical method. Hard drives employ S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology), which you may use to check the drive’s general health with a tool like CrystalDiskInfo (seen above).

If the problem is due to your hard disc, though, don’t wait. Get a backup and a replacement as soon as possible. It’s obviously a much more involved process if it’s your primary drive with Windows installed, but we have a couple of instructions to assist you.

Getting the new drive set up

It’s not as difficult as you might imagine if you’ve never replaced a hard disc before. It’s a lot easier if it’s a secondary drive because you don’t have any Windows installations to deal with, but even if it’s your primary drive, it’s not the end of the world.

If the drive has Windows installed, you may either clone it first or start over with a blank slate. It’s easier to get back up and running if it’s a secondary drive. In either case, we have a handful of guides linked below that can assist you.

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