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Computer is Freezing

Logitec2k4

FPCH New Member
Joined
Aug 12, 2008
PC Experience
Some Experience
Hi, im new here and hope ive added this post in the correct section.

Ive recently came back from holiday and im now getting problems with my computer.

Whats happening is when im trying to run multiple programs im getting a strange click from the hard drive area and the certain program and sometimes the whole computer will freeze up. I took it to the local computer repair shop and they suggested i needed a new power supply. I got them to install the power supply which has helped the speed of my pc. However, the problem with freezing is still around and the clicking from what i believe is the hard drive is still happening.

Im wondering if anyone has any thoughts on whether it is my hard drive and if so what can i do about it?

Thanks
Jamie
 

Seth

FPCH Long Term Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2007
Location
Canada
Welcome to Free PC Help Jamie.

The clicking is a standard sound from a hard drive failing. I suggest you back up any personal data before proceeding further.

Once that's done, use a tube like one from a paper towel role to confirm that it is indeed the hard drive clicking.
 
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Wolfeymole

Once that's done, use a tube like one from a paper towel role to confirm that it is indeed the hard drive clicking.

So what does he do with the tube Seth?

Use it as a telescope and peer at the drive?

Pretend it's a Dead Sea Scroll that won't open?

Gaze at the moon through the roll perhaps?


We understand Seth but it would be nice if you would fully explain yourself mate.
 

Seth

FPCH Long Term Member
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Location
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I'm sure he knows...and after he checks, he can use it as a giant spitball tube aimed directly at you:D.

The important thing right now is that the data is backed up.
 

Goku

FPCH Long Term Member
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Jun 6, 2008
Location
India
Hello and Welcome to Free PC Help Jamie. :)

The symptom you state is almost a sure shot sign that your hard drive is failing. However, to learn more about different types of hard drive failures and there symptoms, please read the following article:

How to Tell When Your Hard Drive is Going to Failhttp://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/how-to-tell-when-your-hard-drive-is-going-to-fail.html

Let us know if that is the kind of noise you hear, then let us know and we will instruct you accordingly. Good Luck. :)

-- Goku
 

Logitec2k4

FPCH New Member
Joined
Aug 12, 2008
PC Experience
Some Experience
From what i read on the link supplied, the sound coming is that described in the web page.

What steps should i take next?

Thanks
 

Goku

FPCH Long Term Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2008
Location
India
OK, the first and foremost step you should take is to backup all your important data on external media like flash drives and CDs / DVDs. Make sure the data is retrievable when you need it.

Next, you will need to buy a replacement drive. This drive will serve as a replacement when your current hard drive eventually fails. You might not want to buy one at this time, but sooner or later, you will need to buy one so there is no point delaying the purchase.

If you have doubts on how to backup your data, you might find the following article useful:

What backup program should I use?http://ask-leo.com/what_backup_program_should_i_use.html

Hope that helps. :)

-- Goku
 
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