My hard drive sometimes makes a loud clicking sound when starting up, particularly 1st thing in the morning when it’s cold. There’s no problem with the operation once it’s up and running but I’m concerned this some sort of mechanical fault. This is a replacement hard drive which is now just over 2 years old, I replaced the original one when it developed a similar problem although it made a continuous clicking and the computer locked up. It seems these are only designed to last about 2 years, or is the problem that as a home PC it is probably shut down around 2-4 times a day.
Anyway looking for some advice, could this be imminent failure? I have an external hard drive backing everything up daily. Do I need to buy another hard drive and do the mirror image thing I did last time (Acronis Drive Image). If so which hard drive would you recommend with a bit more reliability than the current Maxtor?
I have a Maxtor drive in a three year old HP machine which has always made a double clicking noise on start up. I understand it is the moving arm coming off its resting position. I have had many drives in the last ten years and this is the only one that has made this noise. The only drive failure I have had was an IBM where it developed the IBM click of death and died at about six months. I have kept all my old machines and the first with a 6gb drive stills works fine. I would say hard drive life is very much longer than two years. As they are now so cheap and if you are worried consider replacing it but personally I would keep it going.
The issue here is that it didn't used to make this noise but it has started to in the last few weeks especially if cold (been off for more than 8 hours in a cool room). It soon settles down and is quiet again?