Dell :: Hard Drive Clicks From Time To Time

Jan 22, 2009

My laptop is an inspiron 1520, about a year old now. Ever since I've had it, the hard disk drive has been making a loud, random click from time to time. Sometimes, it will click twice in the space of two minutes, sometimes it will click only once in two or three days.

Typically it's simply a loud snapping sound, like if you get a pencil and snap it against a wooden desk. It doesn't make any other sounds besides the usual hard drive sounds.

For about a quarter of a second, the system pauses. I think it's related to heat, as it happens most often while playing a graphic-intensive game.

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Dell :: Xps 1530 Hard Drive Has Failed For The Third Time?

May 5, 2009

My xps 1530 is about a year old. The hard drive has failed 3 times now. The first two times I got a bit of advance warning with blue screens and error messages. This time no warning.

Rebot and error message that hard drive can not be found. I tried reseating the drive a few times and nothing. I have the solid state hard drives.

Is this a problem of the hard drive or the lap top? Can I request a regular hard drive from dell this time?

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Apr 18, 2010

If I want to replace my HD in my MBP, and I use time machine to backup my hard drive.

I don't want to lose any content or reformat, so I think time machine would be my best bet.

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Jul 27, 2010

I just got my new x100e laptop today, and i really like it. But, it has a problem. 
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It's not that big a problem, but it is frustrating to lose the internet from time to time. It happens from every 5 minutes to once 30 minutes. 

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Feb 4, 2009

I have my laptop in my room, and I usually leave it on when I go to bed, but I can always hear it clicking up a storm when it's not even processing anything. When it's Idling, it just keeps clicking

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May 13, 2010

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Can I just create the initial full backup, then stop the scheduled backups - so only have it incrementally backup when I manually run it?

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Brand new G50-70: When using OS from the SSD or using OS from the SSD and doing things with a USB-drive, the empty internal DVD-drive making clicking sound and sometimes freezing SSD read/write operation for about 30 seconds but all the time freezing USB-storage read/write operation for about 30 seconds.
When freezing there's always clicking. But when clicking there's not always freezing except when using USB-storage.
OS is Win81-64.
An example scenario: connect USB stick, open terminal, type diskpart, dvd-drive clicks and freezes opening of diskpart for about 30 seconds, then the same may or may not happen when entering commands like clear the stick and format the stick.

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Feb 22, 2009

I got my laptop back in august of 2008. Everything has been good up until a few weeks ago. From the moment I turn my computer on the CPU sit at 50% usage. I have no idea what is causing this. I can restart the laptop and as soon as vista boots up the cpu is sitting at 50% usage. According to the task manger windows explorer (explorer.exe) is using the cpu the most.
This is while at idle.

What could cause this? I thought maybe firefox was causing the problem so I uninstalled it but that only worked for about a day

On a side note, my laptop will not stay in standby. I close the lid it goes into standby and then a few min later comes back on. When it comes back on the fan is also running nonstop. Sometimes after it comes back from standby the mute and volume up buttons will be blinking. the buttons still work but they blink. I have already checked the power setting and they are not preventing standby

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Took 1min initially, cut down to 40 sec by microsoft utilities(bootperf), but back again to 1min boot.

I am running factory installed os (with crap removed) and have not clean installed.
Please post your boot times and mention if it is a clean install.

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Sep 24, 2007

I have an Inspiron 700m of which I am the original owner. I just ordered a new Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 80GB 7200rpm drive. I have only done one OS install prior to this when I assembled a desktop PC but that was several years ago and I was following an online guide (MySuperPC) virtually step-by-step.

I have contacted Dell and they sent me a reinstall copy of the OS (XP Home) on CD.

My biggest concern is partitioning. I'm really not clear on what this is all about or how I should go about doing this. I've had one person tell me not to partition at all. Another tell me to make it 50%-50% and another tell me to make a 5GB partition just for the OS.

This a basic email, web browsing, document reading type of machine that I use when I'm traveling.

I can follow to install the OS onto my new hard drive? I've seen a few, but they seem to be more geared toward recovery type reinstallations and several seem geared more toward "power users."

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Apr 20, 2010

I thought I'd just ask because I couldn't find anything pertaining to my question that is recent. So my computer has been as followed:

4/11/10 - Kitting
4/12/10 - Kitting
4/13/10 - Build
4/14/10 - Build
4/15/10 - Build
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4/17/10 - Boxing
4/18/10 - Boxing
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How much longer am I looking at for boxing? I know they have to fly this to Nashville and then send it to FedEx but... 5 days? Come on! Any ideas to get a clear ETA from a Dell agent would be great, mine has never had an estimated arrival time and this final stage is bugging me to bits!

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Are there any laptops that don't have this issue and are very, very quiet in addition (maybe like no fan at all?).

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Feb 13, 2009

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Also, stat your system specs.

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Apr 2, 2009

my work pc is a Dell inspiron 1520. it is mounted on Ram stand in my tow truck. the problem i am having is sometimes now when im driving down a bumpy road the backlight goes out.

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i was thinking its the switch that tells the mother board that the lid is closed when its not. Is there any way to disable that switch so the backlight is on permantly

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Nov 16, 2008

i have a dell xps m1330 came with ubuntu preinstalled. its a great laptop. but the fan runs most of the time not full speed but load enough to be audible in a quiet room. when i installed a cpu temperature monitor it showed the average CPU temperature hovers between 40c and 55c when ever am using the system for just browsing the web. is this normal.

here are the system specs
320GB hard drive 7200 RPM
Intel Intergrated card 3100
4gb ram
core 2 duo 2.2 ghz

i chatted with dell tech support and he said it was normal for my system to get 60c 55c 70c is this true. am thinking maybe its because the my hard disk speed is high (7200) please if u own a dell xps m1330 can you please tell me the average temp of your computer... esp if u have the intel intergrated card.

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Aug 19, 2009

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I just bought a refurbished Dell Studio 1555 and noticed that only the right USB port was working.

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Oct 1, 2008

Well my XPS M1330 finally succumbed to the nvidia gpu flaw. I called Dell on Sunday afternoon (it's now Weds AM) and within 20 minutes with tech support had arranged for on site repair.

Well Monday came and went, no call from the local tech to schedule my repair. Contacted Dell chat support yesterday (Tues) morning and within 10 minutes after checking on my status the rep said I should receive a call by end of business day. The rep then connected me to a supervisor for a quick survey...supervisor asked me some small talk questions and then gave me a # to call direct regarding my in home repair (800-654-1853). So now this morning, no call so I gave the # a is some company named "Bangtech"? Gave them my Dell Dispatch # and the lady there told me they haven't received the replacement part yet (new mobo). I explained today is now the 3rd day, she put me on hold, then came back and said they anticipate delivery today and I would receive a call by 5pm today to schedule.

My question is is this normal timing? My Dell dispatch says "NBD". I figured it would be Tues for the repair since I called Sunday afternoon and nothing would probably get shipped/updated until Monday. At this point it's going to be Thursday at the earliest.

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