View Full Version : clamp clamp noise

04-10-2003, 08:35 AM

My HDD is making, randomly, a strange noise; it sounds like clamp clamp. Does anybody know how this can be fixed? I heard that there may be a software to fix it.
The disk is an BM DJSA 232 (thinkpad a21 laptop). I serched the IBM site but nothing's there. I post some questions to ibm tech support and they said it's normal; well I heard this noise before to some desktop systems and it wasn't normal; soon after starting making this noise those disks crashed.

thank you.

04-10-2003, 08:43 AM
This is NOT normal.

Please backup at once and prepare for a new hard drive

04-10-2003, 08:52 AM
Well, financialy speaking, this is not an option.:o

Anyway, this noise apeared almost 6 months ago; so ibm may be right, I hope; but it's very very annoying.
And if it will be hapening I hope it will be within the waranty period.

Thank you

04-10-2003, 10:07 AM
Welcome to http://www.pcguide.com/ubb/pcgubb.gif

IBM may be right, but I would still backup immediately and keep a backup updated all the time. I would also download the diagnostic software from the IBM website and run it to check the drive. I had a bad IBM drive recently and they replaced it without hassle when I gave them the code produced by their software when the drive was tested.

04-10-2003, 02:04 PM
Well I checked it with all kind of software, including IBM test one; no errors were reported.

04-10-2003, 02:22 PM
Well then I would still keep backups frequently, but you are probably safe for now. I would probably run that diagnostic software occasionally and especially if the noise gets worse.

Paul Komski
04-10-2003, 09:27 PM
HDD Troubleshooter at http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/comp/hdd/phys.htm

Fruss Tray Ted
04-11-2003, 09:51 PM
Does it sound/look like this (http://www.chevelles.com/tools/tl5b3.jpg)?

The internal components in a harddisk have some 'feelers' or sensors mounted on arms that when in a non-used state are magnetically anchored to a buss bar of sorts. The clicking sometimes heard can be the 'attaching/unattaching' of the magnet used for this purpose. More of a clicking...

The pic shows the arms but a shroud hides the magnetic counterweight on the other end/side of the fulcrum/pivot pint: