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 email@example.com
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.
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.