Am I crazy?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Wrathchild, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    I just upgraded my PC. Here's the component list:

    Intel D915PBL Mainboard
    1 Gig DDR2 in dual channel mode
    3.4 GHz Pentium 4, LGA775 package 800 MHz fsb
    Western Digital Cavial 200 GB SATA HD
    380 Watt Antec Power SUpply
    GeForceFX 6600, 256 Meg
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
    Running XP Pro, SP2

    Issue: My hard drive ticks like a clock, while XP is running. It's like the drive is being accessed, like clockwork, every second. Also, when I move the mouse, there's a "processing sound" while I'm moving it around. I've tried a clean installation with driver updates all around. Turning off autorun, and checked for loose front panel wire connections. I also tried running with just the reset switch and power switch wires connected. (unplugged the HD LED and Power LED wires) Ran the Western Digital drive test - no problems detected. Ran SiSoft Sandra HD configuration test - no problems found. Defraggmented the hard drive even though it didn't really need it - No change. WTF? The SATA drive has always been a little noisy, but it's acting like it's being taxed / accessed constantly, even while idle.


    Anyone?

    -Wrath
     
  2. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    soubnde when moving te mouse is just interference and cross talk on all the pathways adn your audio card plays that as noise.

    windoes could very well be upto some spuriou sidle disk activity so unless things are failing and crashing I wouldnt worry too much
     
  3. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    Not Worried


    Thanks.

    I'm not worried though. I'm annoyed. The "ticking" is driving me nuts!

    -Wr@th
     
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Make sure all the power cables are snugly placed into the back of the drive. One lose one & tick, tick, tick, dying, dead.
     
  5. Lukas

    Lukas Real Name No Gimmicks

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    Dude, what are you smoking? I want it too... :yowch:
     
  6. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    yeah its funny how he complains to me on irc about typing errors
     
  7. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    Did I post this in the wrong channel? If not, can someone direct me to a better site for troubleshooting?

    Thanks,

    Wr@th
     
  8. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    Another hundred bucks

    Someone suggested that since the new 775 boards use more power, and since there was no "tick tick tick" before I replaced my mainboard, that perhaps my 380 Watt PSU was not providing enough juice. So I went and spend a hundred bucks on a new 420 Watt PSU and swapped it in. I Made sure all the cables were well seated etc and booted back up. No change. Tick tick tick tick tick...


    ;-(
     
  9. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    If it is still under warranty I'd be taking it back.

    Found this>>

    Common Symptom: Hard drive makes a continuous clicking noise pattern, grinding sound or smokes.

    Diagnosis: Hard drive has physical damage and needs clean-room work. Professional data recovery required.

    When a hard drive clicks, ticks, or grinds it's a sure sign the drive is physically bad. It is very important the hard drive be turned off immediately. Leaving it on will eventually make all the data unrecoverable.

    Clickings sounds are generally the result of bad heads being unable to calibrate with the media servo tracks, which makes the drive keep resetting. A grinding sound is usually the result of a head crash. As one of the more worse scenarios, if not turned off, will cause unrecoverable damage.

    Don't risk losing your data! Don't bang on the drive or leave it running. Don't run software on it. Definitely don't put it in the freezer! (We hear people doing this all the time.) The drive should be turned off at the first sign of can noise.

    Here
     
  10. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    .....

    Way to Google dude.

    As I clearly stated in my initial post, there is nothing wrong with the hard drive. It has passed every test I've hit it with, including the hard drive manufacturer's own drive test. 100% A.O.K with flying colors. XP is accessing the drive every second, tick, tick, tick. It's not clacking, it's not grinding and it's certainly not smoking. It's just getting accessed, every friggin' second, like it's ticking off the seconds until I finally take a friggin baseball bat to my Piano Black Laquered Sonata case.


    Aiiiiiieeeeeee!!!!!!!!



    -Wr@th


     
  11. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    Do you have indexing service running?
    Is the drive being indexed?
    Does the drive have system restore enabled on it?
     
  12. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    INdexing

    No to both. Thanks though.

    -Wr@th
     
  13. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I, myself, would get a replacement. Even if it seems to work fine, it may eventually die early. Why waste your money, I wouldnt chance it.
     
  14. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    Good advice. Except for the fact that there's Nothing wrong with the drive, so replacing it would get me a newer drive that's still being accessed by windows every second, tick tick tick tick.....


    -Wrath
     
  15. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

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    Bump

    tick, tick, tick, tick....
     
  17. RickyC

    RickyC OSNN Addict

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    Have you tried disabling LAN and Audio devices?
     
  18. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    That doesnt sound like windows reading the disk, that doesnt sound like a hdd loading at all(as much as I could hear) I would take it back. Even if YOU see no point in doing it, its a good idea. JUST IN CASE. Its the smart thing to do if you dont want it to crap out after warrenty is up.
     
  19. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I agree, sounds more like a watch :p You absolutely sure its the hard drive? Cause to me it sounds like a clock.
     
  20. emeritus

    emeritus Beware the Monkeys!!!

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    Even if the drive is passing all the tests, it sounds like you need to get a replacement. If you have another HD handy or even if you can borrow one, install it without the WD Drive and see if you still get the ticking sound.