Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareOther - Hardware · 6 years ago

Hard Drive clicking [Only happens on Windows 7]?

Hard Drive: 111GB Western Digital WDC WD1200JD-22HBC0 (SATA)

So I installed Windows 7 onto my computer yesterday, install went fine, and right when I get to the desktop, my hard drive makes a annoying clicking sound. When I have Internet Explorer open, every time I click is when my hard drive will make the clicking noise. What could be the problem? This doesn't happen on Windows XP or Vista.


Operating System

Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3


Intel Pentium E2200 @ 2.20GHz 33 °C

Conroe 65nm Technology


2.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)


Dell Inc. 0PU052 (CPU)


DELL E153FP (1024x768@60Hz)

DELL E153FP (1024x768@60Hz)

Intel Q35 Express Chipset Family (Dell)

Intel Q35 Express Chipset Family (Dell)


111GB Western Digital WDC WD1200JD-22HBC0 (SATA) 32 °C

Optical Drives



SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio Device

1 Answer

  • 6 years ago
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    I'm not sure why the OS would cause this. Maybe it is just coincidence? I recently installed a new hard drive from Seagate and discovered that it has advanced power management settings that cause the head to park frequently and the disk to spin down to save energy. This can make noticeable clicking noises. The only thing I can suggest trying is what I did. Download HDPARM and you can run a command to either reduce or stop advanced power management settings. This will also increase the life of your hard drive.

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