What is the hard drive click of death?

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asked Aug 9 in Hardware by hoffman J (270 points)
What is the hard drive click of death?

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answered Aug 10 by Avarado (9,180 points)
The hard drive click of death became a common term in the 1990's when a hard drive would make a clicking sound that was not normal and would mean that the hard drive was failing or is failing.

The hard drive click of death kind of sounds like someone pounding in a metal T Post with a T Post tool.

Click this link to hear a sound of a hard drive that is experiencing the click of death https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WD_bad_heads_click_of_death.ogg

When that click of death happens you need a new hard drive and you should have your important data backed up before the hard drive actually fails.

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