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    clamp clamp noise

    Hi,

    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.

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    This is NOT normal.

    Please backup at once and prepare for a new hard drive

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    Well, financialy speaking, this is not an option.

    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

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    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.
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    Well I checked it with all kind of software, including IBM test one; no errors were reported.

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    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.
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    All good advice above ^

    Does it sound/look like this?

    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:

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