Message Edited by Chaney78 on 04-11-2005 03:45 AM
Thank you all for posting this useful information. I had this ticking issue with my new laptop. I am going to try the method you suggested.
I had a USB drive, but how to make my USB drive bootable?
Can you please mail me those files i can burn them on to a CD boot with that and try.i also get a slight hissing noise when i pull my scroll bar when browsing,I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 with 30 GB HDD
My email id is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Schaki, thanks for the link. Is the power booster you refer to the power consumption level? I turned the power usage all the way up to fix the clicking problem. The reason is newer hitachi drives have a power saving feature that causes the heads to load/unload, causing the clicking. I doubt turning power usage all the way up would affect battery life much, but in my case i think sanity is worth the extra battery usage.
Chd7 > i'm not sure how to make a usb drive bootable, i just use an old dos boot cd i had laying around. If you don't have one do a search for one on the net, i think there is plenty of free image downloads.
This is a difficult fix especially for novice users, Hitachi should make a windows compatible version, that would be much easier for everybody.
I finally bought a USB floppy drive so that I could boot my laptop and run this program from the floppy. Unfortunately, it does not work for my cliking / ticking issue.
I also would like to ask that after your fix, will your hard drive indicator light still flash every 2-3 seconds? For my laptop, it seems the laptop hard drive is always working. Even though I am not doing anything, the hard drive indicator light will still flash every 2-3 seconds. This is where the clicking noise come from.
I also checked the CPS usage (ctrl + alt + delete, then choose performace tab). Not surprisely, the CPS usage is never be 0% even though I am not doing anything.
I have done enough with this clicking noise and will call Dell customer service to schedule a return tomorrow.
Could you tell me how to turn off the windows indexing?
Open "My Computer" and right-button click on the drive. Go down to "Properties" and there is a check box at the bottom to enable/disable indexing.
If you want to force it off for all drives in your system, you can go to the services and disable the "Indexing Service" to diable indexing on all drives.
This fixed the click for me. I never did get constant ticking/clicking just a head parking sound every few minutes.
What a neat little bootdisk. Lots of options.
All of these options were turned off on my drive. I set it as mentioned, no more head parking.
What do you mean "you turn all options off"? Did you do any thing extra other than "turn accoustic level all the way down to quietest, and pump power usage all the way up to maximum"?
What I mean was....the acoustic stuff was turned off on my drive (by default) once I booted the disk. Power was set to battery rather than performance.
I simply changed it to what the original poster mentioned.
Chaney, your post was a god send. The Feature Tool, coupled with JersWork's tip about Windows Indexing solved all ills. NO MORE TICKING! Thanks also too schaki for the link. Now I can get down to work on this laptop.
Inspiron 9200Windows® XP ProPentium® M 75517 UXGA Display1GB DDR SDRAM @ 333MHz 2 DimmHitachi 60GB/72K Hard Drive - HTS726060M9AT00128MB ATI Mob. Rad. 97008X DVD+/-RW Drive80 WHr 9-cell BatteryIntel® PRO/Wireless 2200