Data Recovery, Hard Drive

What Causes A Clicking Hard Drive?

When it comes to the integrity of a data and its safety, this is a matter of great concern from the basic user to the high end corporate world. One of the signs of a risk in the integrity of the data and the hard drive itself is the presence of a clicking hard drive. There are several possible causes to this menace, but the good news is that they can be corrected with relatively ease which in the most cases is a replacement. However, this should be done before the mess occurs which will make it essential for one look for the services of an expert so that the data can be recovered in the event it fails before a backup   is done.

  • Causes of this menace

There are a number of factors that can make a hard disk to make a clicking hard drive sound. Most of them are associated with the use of faulty, but they can be as a result of a dying drive and those may be the actual kicks of death. Therefore, before one rushes into making conclusions it is advised that one make the necessary confirmation before jumping into conclusions. Some of the reasons that can result to this form of a disorder are;


  • Click of death

This is a sound that is associated with the signs of a drive that is about to crash or fail. The sound is as a result of the drive heads getting into contact with the internal head stop. This is a fatal sign and thus the name. The name emerged in the late 90s as a result of the then drives that used to make sharp sounds when they were about to fail and the name stuck to the present times, though there has been a considerable improvement in technology of the drives and at the same time increased volumes.

  • Faulty connection

Especially common among the external drives, if the cable connection is faulty, there may be the presence of these sounds. This can be easily corrected by redoing the connection and if the cables are completely destroyed, a replacement can be done. This type of clicking hard drive issue is not very consequential as the remedy is easily available without the use of an expert, but the correction needs to be done ASAP to avoid it actually ruining the drive for instance through short circuiting of the drive.

  • The position of the drive

At normal circumstances, the drive needs to be on a level surface, when this is not the case, there may be occurrence of those sounds as the drive struggles to perform. Though this is not actually a catastrophic event, it may result in one if the drive is left in this position for a long time.

  • Highly fragmented drive

In the event the drive is heavily fragmented, there can be an occurrence of these sound. This is because the drive could be being overworked to get access to the different segments. To correct this mess, one can defragment the drive which will also increase performance of the system.