clicking hard drive
I've got a new laptop and for some reason, the hard drive keeps making this clicking noise. It usually doesnt do it until i've had the computer up for about 15 or 30 minutes, but after an hour or so it clicks almost every time the hard drive is accessed(i'm going by the hard drive led light). The full sound is like: Click, standard drive read/write noise, Click. in my past experience, this kind of noise has meant that the drive is about to die, but this one is brand new and smartmontools said it passed the health test. i'm dual booting and the noise doesnt happen at all in windows, in fact, the drive sounded normal under linux until just recently. i'm running slackware 10.2 with a 126.96.36.199 kernel. is it possible that it's a problem with the ide driver? i'm using the PIIX driver because I have an ich4-m ide controller and this driver is supposed to work for ich4 chipsets. it mostly works, i can use dma with it, but i think maybe there might be some bugs concerning ich4-m. is it possible this is damaging my hard drive?