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lucmove 10-30-2012 06:19 PM

HD beeps and clicks
Sometimes I am just using the computer, doing nothing special, and I hear a two-tone beep coming from it. The two-tone beep is always followed by a clickety-clackety sound.

It's an Acer Aspire One netbook, but not with the original hard disk. I replaced it with a bigger, Samsung disk little more than one year ago.

The first time it happened was more or less three months after I bought and installed the hard disk. Then it happened again a few months later... Then it happened again a few months later... And it has happened twice this month.

I am not sure the sounds come from the hard disk, but it sure sounds like it. The sound comes from the upper, right-hand corner underneath the keyboard. That's where the hard disk is.

The two-tone beep does not sound like software at all. I'm pretty sure it's not coming from the internal speaker. And the clickety-clackety part definitely sounds very real. It's not hard and menacing, it's rather soft and... it would be pleasant if it didn't make me worry.

The sounds always happen together, never isolated.

I know what people will say, "Your HD is dying," "Backup your data immediately," (I have!) etc. But people are often very eager to say that without any true basis. Recommending a backup because the hard disk might be dying is sane and cautious, but it's not really based on knowledge. Also, please note I have heard this happen before, almost one year ago. The hard drive has been working fine nevertheless. I've always run smartctl -a on the disk when this happens, and nothing suspicious has ever turned up.

Does anyone here actually KNOW anything that could help me? I have googled a lot, but couldn't find anything besides the obviously expected "Your HD is dying, backup your data immediately."


custangro 10-30-2012 06:42 PM

Your HD is dying. Backup your data immediately.

Something that can help you is

Run the hardware diag to know for sure if it's dying (I suspect it is).

IMHO; I rather replace a HD that didn't need replacing than lose my data :twocents:


lucmove 10-30-2012 06:53 PM

Mod Removed vulgarity

custangro 10-30-2012 06:57 PM

Did you not use the System Rescue CD, in the link I provided in my previous post?

The hardware diag tools may help.


jefro 10-30-2012 06:59 PM

"But people are often very eager to say that without any true basis. Recommending a backup because the hard disk might be dying is sane and cautious, but it's not really based on knowledge."

What kind of knowledge do I need to know? Beeps and clicking are not normal?

Get the OEM's diagnostic software, it is the place to start. My guess is that the diags will report the failures big time. I say that because all I have to go by is a few decades on this stuff. I do know a friend of mine who retired from IBM after 30 years working on hard drives. Pretty sure he'd suggest some wild test on some test machine that no one has access to.

By the way, please use more friendly terms.

lucmove 10-30-2012 07:16 PM

OEM's diagnostic software might be a good suggestion, but...

Do you actually KNOW of any particularly similar scenario? Not just random clicking, but some kind of beep that is confirmed to mean something and be employed by any manufacturer?

Particularly Samsung or Acer?

Do you know it's indeed the hard disk, and not the Acer motherboard complaining about something else?

How do you explain this drive having beeped and clicked before, almost one year ago, and never giving me any problem whatsoever?

Can you point me to ANY official documentation by ANY hard disk manufacturer that at least describes the beep-and-click event as an established mechanism for pointing out possible impending failure? As opposed to mere speculation?

I am not kind to smartasses who mock my problem instead of helping. I've helped people here in this forum, only when I have something useful to say. In the absence of that, I just refrain and leave it to someone who knows.

onebuck 10-30-2012 08:44 PM

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