Got the computer at the beginning of april, installed my own harddrive, a 120 gig I'd had for a year or two, alongside the 200 gigabyte that came with it.
Few weeks later, I get this issue: The computer will lock up abruptly, and I usually have music playing so it's very obvious as the music stops, but it also happens to any programs I use. The hiccup lasts for maybe 5 seconds, and then I hear a click coming from the harddrive bay, and it goes back to normal. So far, no data corruption has happened but I have had programs crash just once.
I do a chkdsk, nothing serious, but I assume it to be the harddrive I installed myself. Two or so weeks pass with these burps, and slowly they become more frequent and for longer periods, at its peak it was about once an hour for 7-8 seconds, and then the loud click (only one, not multiple clicks) So, I remove the drive I put in, and let the computer run for a day without it in.
No problems. With this I was sure it was the drive I put in, and went and got a 300 gigabyte replacement. (the 200 gig that came with the computer has the OS, if that helps) I've been running with the new drive installed for about 4 days now, and just yesterday did the computer start doing the hiccups again. It happens maybe 4 times a day, for 3-4 seconds, and not nearly as loud as it used to be, but I'm still really worried.
My limited research tells me: this could be heat related, even though I get average internal heat tests and no physical abnormality by touch, and that hard drive clicking is a sign of a failing drive.. but odd things going on.
Just a wild, uneducated guess, but could it have something to do with my system rejecting two hard drives? I had two in at the same time for, what, a month? with no problems. I just don't even know what foot to put forward first.
I jumped into the tech support chat for my system as I didn't put it together myself, and after an hour of going over the absolute basics, she told me I'd get "email updates at some point in the coming days" and we parted with that. It has been two days, and I'm not really liking the situation.
System is athlon 2.4Ghz, 1 gig ram, onboard ATI express 200 card (waiting on my 6800 to be delivered, heh).
It's just so weird. Anyway, if this doesn't belong here, I apologize, I'm sort of running out of options. If you know of anywhere else you can think of for me to bring up this issue, please suggest it, as I've run out of static media to research this problem and forums seem to be my last resort.
Thanks for anything you can contribute.