Usually a clinking noise means your hard drive is going bad. If it is under a year, you can bring it to the store you bought it and they should warrenty it, otherwise you can send it back to IBM. Most hard drives have a three year manufacture warrenty. I would back up everything just in case.
Thank you all for the info, that's what I thought "The clink of death" so last night I did some backup and switched out the hard drive with an old one I had.
Half way through re-installing my OS, I hear "clink". "NO Way! Not two hard drives in a row!" I say to myself.
After some close listening, it turns out that it was an old clock I had sitting on my desk that was "clinking". I threw the clock into another room and everything sounded like it was supposed to. I even plugged my old drive back in.
Now I am sure that this forum will help someone in the future, when they hear there hard drive making noise. Just make sure you check your clock first. I am such a dork! Good thing I didnt start bashing IBM.
JediG33K, don't be so hard on yourself! I would have done the same thing if my machine had started doing the "clink" at me. My house settles and I get those noises near my computer and yes, I do give it a look that just says " are you gonna quit" until I realize what it actually was. Glad to hear it WASN'T your drive!
hehe...cool story...but, I have a HD in one my "beater" machines that makes "clink" noise all the time...and its still alive...and its been doing it for a pretty long time, I would say for about a year and a half now...
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