Every now and then when I switch my PC on, either from afresh, or restart, it will setup as normal but when the Windows XP screen appears, the hard drive makes a clicking noise and it stops loading - the screen though continues to display the Windows XP logo.
I think I have narrowed this down to the external USB hard drive. When this is attached, the problem can occur. It has yet to happen when not attached.
So, is there something I can tweak to stop this happening? Do I have a faulty hard drive?
Thanks for these replies. It's the internal SATA drive that clicks. And this happens only during boot up and when the USB hard drive (WD Book drive) is attached. Other than this, the internal hard drive works as it should.
But, I have backed everything up, just in case!
So, the view is a new internal hard drive may be necessary.