Any Computer Gurus Out There
My situation: A couple of months ago, my "big" HP Touchsmart computer wouldn't start up. Doing some internet investigation, I came to the conclusion that my hard drive was probably fried. A guy at work offered to work on it for me for cheap. He confirmed the hard drive was bad so put in a new one for me: $45 and put Windows 7 on it since my original recovery disks didn't work, cleaned all the dust out of it, etc.
He put in a new Western Digital hard drive. I brought it home, fired it up and did the 90 or so Windows updates since he doesn't have Internet service right now.
Now the issue I have is that the hard drive constantly spins up and stops and also makes constant clicking noises like somebody turning a light switch on and off.
Windows says the hard drive controller drivers are working and up to date. I downloaded a diagnostic tool from Western Digital and tested the hard drive and it said it was fine.
I'm suspecting that for some reason the hard drive keeps repeatedly trying to "park" itself when it's not much in use and I'm wondering if maybe some Windows component is causing it. When the drive is in constant use, making the little grinding noise they all kind of make, it doesn't do the whirring and loud clicking.
Everything works fine: it's just very annoying and I'm guessing it will wear out a lot faster doing this.
When he gave it back to me, he said he thought my CD-ROM was going out because it made noise. It's obviously not the CD-ROM making all the noise, but the hard drive itself.
Anyhoo, I'm kind of tired with dealing with the guy and would like to try to just get this rectified myself before I have to give the whole computer back to him so he can figure it out. I don't have much to lose: there's nothing else on the computer right now so in a worst-case scenario he can just wipe the drive and reinstall the Windows.
If anybody has any ideas, fire 'em at me.....