, and the hard drive started making clicking and whining noises.

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I was using my computer, and the hard drive started making clicking and whining noises. I've heard it make them before, sometimes when it starts up. It sounds like the drive is getting up to speed. I had an old hard drive that did this constantly, then started making chunking noises, and finally quit working. So when I heard this, I got a little worried. The system wouldn't respond to input, so I shut the computer off and let it sit for a while.

When I started it back up, the activity light was on nonstop (I hadn't noticed this before). After entering the BIOS password, it just remained at the bios startup screen, saying "Wait...", all the while the activity light was on.

I figured that maybe the hard drive had gone bad, but in the BIOS setup, it said everything was okay, and I hooked the hard drive up to this computer, and there was nothing wrong with it.

What could the problem be? It's not the hard drive (I don't think), or the video card.

Thanks for any help.

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This question was answered on June 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I think that your hard drive is going bad, if it was your power supply you would know because other things would show problems, maby its to hot in your tower, and when it gets just a little hot it acts up, your hard drive shouldent be making 2-much noise but a wirling sound , anything more and you should worrie

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 27, 2003