Is it possible to cure the clicking noise by shaking it?

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  1. 4fingers97

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    Ok I dont want people to shake there laptops and break it. But this morning before I went to school I picked up my laptop and shook it. Then when I came home I noticed that my laptop wasnt making the clicking noise anymore. Could it be possible to solve the hardrive clicking noise by shaking it?
     
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    What clicking noise? You mean the clicking hard drive issue, where some drives make a soft click when they go into the powersave mode?
    No, I'd say shaking is a bad way to fix a clicking hard drive.
     
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    I know but now i barly does it and its more quiet. IDK why its doing it less. Do you have any other ideas that could stop the clicking without doing something like shaking your laptop?
     
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    Well, it is a power save option, so my guess is the drive is just not in the lower power state right now, and nothing has actually changed.
     
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    The "Click" noise occurs in platter HDDs because of the way it retrieves and writes data. Every HDDs have couple of circular platters where it stores data and a mechanical arm called a "head" that reads and writes the data onto the platters. The "click" sound is when the head touches the platters to access data.

    If your HDD never makes a noise it means its broken. :).
     
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    I have an HP. Do you know anyway to stop the HD from parking?

    It still makes the sound but it seems more quiet
     
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    God no! Don't shake the laptop!

    The HD is a mechanical device that stores data on a magnetic platter using read/write heads that hover just above the platter; if you were to open it up the mechanism it would be similar to a vinyl record player. Thus you can imagine that if you were shake it, you would risk causing the R/W head to damage the platter, thereby compromising the entire drive and rendering it useless.

    The reason why the noise stops is because most modern drives feature accelerometers that allow the drive to sense rapid movements so that it can park the R/W heads away from the platter, thereby protecting your data. Now you can see why shaking it is not advisable.
     
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    I'd get my backups in good working order ASAP were I you - my money's on the hdd failing in very short order.
     
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    Oh god. How can I check to make sure my HD is still working and that I didnt break it? I didnt loose any files and it still makes the clicking noise
     
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    Also its not failing wit hthe clicking noise. Most laptop HDs click

    Well what should I do?
     
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