I bought 6 months ago a Vaio FZ21M, and I haven't noticed any particular noise until a few days ago, when the hard disk started clicking...
I can hear every 3 or 4 seconds a light clicking noise which seems to come from the hard disk area.
I guess it must be the same clicking noise as yours, and I wanted to know if there was a solution for the FZ21Ms.
Did anyone fix this problem on his FZ21M ?
Thanks a lot
Funny that a lot of people keep having the same problem also in new laptop models from Sony. It seems also other brands besides sony has issues with this clicking sound. The problem seems to be the same brand of harddisk.
Just to let anybody know since I have sent my Laptop to Sony I never heard a clicking sound again. Then when bought new laptop of Sony FE31M (old one was stolen FE11S) which had no clicking sound thank god.
Now buying new harddisk Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 7200RPM LINK . Finally getting RID of that very annoying slow 160GB 4200RPM FuijSHITsu (although it always worked perfectly without ANY issues the previous one clicked). From NOW on I will only buy Wester Digital or Seagate. Also when a laptop comes with diffrent brand I will sell it and buy the one I want.
I hope post helped out a lot of people....
Good lucky everybody
I bought my SZ61MN in the beginning of 2008. After all installations done, the hard disk also showed up with this "nice" clicking sound (it was a 120 gb Seagate Momentus). After several trials with different settings in XP I gave up and made a complete Recovery on a 160 GB WesternDigital hd. But when the laptop went into idle, the clicking sound came up again . But with the WD disk the clicking sound was much lower than with the old hd, so I kept this state until now. (Almost forgot: I tried also a third disk, a Samsung HM16HJI, but it also clicked!)
Last week i bought an Asus EeePC with Windows XP. Reading in several forums for EeePCs over the last days, today I came across an interesting thread which also had the clicking sound of the hd as topic (I have to mention my EeePCs disk is not clicking ).
In the thread the tool "HDDScan" was mentioned by a user there - I run it on the Vaio just 3 hours ago, with the tool I disabled the option "Advanced Power Management" of the harddisk - since then the only sound coming from my Vaio (which is running idle in its docking station) is the fan in the background
EDIT: After reboot this morning I checked the APM option status and found out it was enabled again . Seems the disabled setting is not saved - too bad . I'll let the Vaio run over some hours in the evening to see if the clicking shows up again.
Here's the link: HDDScan
The option is found by clicking Tasks > Features > IDE Features after the selection of your hard drive. In the appearing dialog just click on the "Disable"-button in the "Advanced Power Management" section.
Perhaps some other users with the clicking sound prob may take a try and report?
I have the same problem of HDD clicking sound from my VGN-CR42S/L (2 weeks old). Hard drive is Fujitsu MHY2200BH 200GB 5400 rpm.
Complained to Sony last week. They were good in their quick response. Collected the laptop last week, returned back y'day. The repair report says they found some bad sectors on the HDD, so they have replaced it with a new one, of the same model though! Funny enough and as I expected, the problem still remains, in fact the clicking has become worse now than before!!!
Not sure whether there is anything else I can ask them to do now. Are there any BIOS updates available for this model of HDD?
Hi , i do no if is normal but some thing like that happen with me, i just got a new sony vaio vgn-cs11s and happen some click sounds when the fun start work!!! or like when we use the hard drive!!!
I going to get to the shop tomorrow for check, i thing is not normal sound like that, everey thing is work but the sound what it does is make nervous!!!
thak 4 post!!!
I just want to tell you my opinion on this clicking sound issue. I have had personal experience on that.
Referring to the "clicking sound.wav" file that was originally posted. I have heared the sound carefully and i can say that it's all about a defective hard disk. If you can hear very closely, right after that "click sound" a very very low volume metallic noise follows, which is the disk sound of slowing down in rpm. This indicates that the disk is malfunctioning and that clicking sound in my opinion should be the hard disk's head which is being knocked off the hard disk plate due to a malfunction, and then of course a rpm slowing down of the disk follows.
Remember that this is a laptop 2.5" hard disk. I have heard the same problem on a normal 3.5" desktop pc and i can tell you that it's exactly the same only much louder. If you have ever heard it on a normal 3.5" disk, you would know what this is all about, i can tell you that!
The thing is that i haven't ever heard it in a new hard disk (but this doesn't changes much, it still is a malfunction which is possible to exist even in a new disk), only in very old and "tired" ones. And when it happens to an old disk which is normal, it's the first symptom that we receive and we must know and be prepared for the hard disk to break down in a few days (or months later) and finally it indeed happens.
So to everyone who is experiencing this issue, to my mind, you really need a NEW hard disk because you are more likely to have a defective one (defective by factory) that it may soon break down. So the clicking sound comes from the hard disk itself and indicates a hard disk malfunction.
So its not just me who is getting this issue.
I have an FW48E-H, which is only 2 months old. numerous issues from the wifi not working correctly to the restore opartiton not there.
Now i have the=is hard drive clicking issue and it wont boot up. Just clicks then stops then powers back up and clicks again then spins down.
I phoned sony this morning and without asking me to do any kind of hardware diagnostics they are sending someone to pick up my laptop tomorrow. Looks like this could be a common issue if they are going to replace the HDD with out troubleshooting.
I have FW31ZJ have Fujitsu HDD , clicking sound appear sometimes .. I am living in Turkey.. please help me
I hope this is not true, but there is another point about "tick-ticka" dead disk or dying disk or hard working disk. It may be the heads inside the hard disk seeking tracks. The heads hit an index stop and count tracks from the mechanical buffer, note: not a software buffer
Use a hard disk checking program. I see you have tried this? what is the state of the "SMART" status?
It may be the hard disk is busy. I heard my laptop (old VGN-A517S) ticking from the hard drive. My solutions are listed below.
1) Use CHKDSK full scan (requires reboot as it will run before Windows fully boots up). Check all partitions you can.
2) Use a defraging program supplied with Windows. This will sort out the file structure for optimum seek and read times. Also the heads in a disk drive are less busy in a structure or sored out file system. The heads have a reduced need to keep moving.
3) Increase the memory to the most your device will take. This will be dictated by the operating system bit size, for example 32 or 64 byte Windows. What amount of memory will the motherboard actually address at its top limit. Note this will increase the speed of the operating system up to a sensible point. This will enable Windows to store information in RAM not simulated RAM on the hard drive. Note there will always some simulated memory at all times anyway. RAM is faster than mechanical disk drives, it may not be faster than solid state hard drives. So in essence, Windows uses the extra RAM and not the hard dive so much. Windows will however always use the hard drive to simulate extra RAM. This only reduces the need for the "Swap-File" or "Page-File".
4) let Windows set the size of the Swap file.
5) I know this may be silly but you don't have FOB? FOB being Foreign Object Blocking in fans or air cooling chutes.
6) As computers (most not all) have cooling fans and other moving parts, does a motorised part have bearing failure. Hard disks whine or rumble but not usually click in this repect.