I started with a 350 Watt power supply, 1 CD-ROM, 1 CDRW Drive, 3 WD Hard Drives (6GB, 20GB, and 40GB), 1 Adaptec SCSI controller, 1 40GB Compaq SCSI hard drive, a Gigabyte motherboard, AMD 1.7Ghz CPU, 512 PC3200 RAM, 64MB Video Card, 1 Promise PCI IDE Expansion card, and Windows Professional XP SP1.
I have been fighting this issue for more than a year now. I have gone through 4+ replacement hard drives in the past 2 years. It does not matter if the Dirves are Western Digital or Maxtor. If I take a periodically clicking drive to a Compaq Intel PC, it works fine.
I started by replacing the power supply thinking I did not have enough power. I now have an Antec 550 Watt power supply. This did not fix my issue. Then I thought the RAM may be bad, so I received a replacement for the RAM. This did not resolve the issue. Next, I flashed the motherboard BIOS. To reduce the number of components I removed my SCSI controller and Drive. Again nothing had changed, so I replaced the motherboard with an Asus A7N8X-E DELUXE moving away from a VIA chip set to an NForce2 chip set. Once again nothing was fixed. Being completely sick of dealing with crappy hard drives I removed all drives and the PCI IDE card and bought a 160GB 8MB cache WD. As soon as I powered on the drive began to click. Now, I have given up on Western Digital. I returned the drive and purchased a Maxtor 180GB. Next I called AMD and received a replacement CPU. The issue appeared to be resolved… 3 days later another drive began clicking again. One click and the OS is done. I have to pull the plug and start over. I GIVE UP. Has anyone seen this issue?
Throughout this process I replaced many hard drives via WD’s warranty.
I have called AMD, Gigabyte, Asus, Western Digital, and Maxtor. No one has been able to help me. I am VERY sick of dealing with this issue.
You will be my god if you can help me resolve this issue.