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hard disk clicking noise While working on your Windows 7 or Vista operating system you might notice an annoying clicking noise coming from your hard disk. Now, you have to know that such a noise is quite normal, above all when your computer is processing a lot of data, when its hard disk contains a lot of files or when you are working “hard” . Other times instead, such a noise is nothing else than a dangerous warning, a message telling you that your hard disk has not been defragmented for a long time or that, in the worst case scenario,  your Windows has got a virus. In these last examples common sense suggests you to run the Windows disk defragmenter utility (Start – Programs – Tools-System Utilities) or start an antivirus scan. In case these solutions do not work for you, I have got a nice trick which could save your “mental sanity” and give your peace of mind back! Let’s see how to stop and turn off the annoying disk clicking noise (or sound) and enjoy a quite, noiseless computer!

  1. in some rare cases the clicking sound is due to a Windows 7 or Vista service called SuperFetch that preloads all those applications and programs you use on your computer on a regular basis, in order to give you a more performing and faster machine.
  2. Let’s turn off and stop the Superfetch service. To do it, click Start on your computer.
  3. Open Control Panel and open Services.
  4. Alternatively, click Start, and in the Search field type services.msc and hit Enter.
  5. Locate the Superfetch service and double-click it.
  6. Change its status from Automatic to Disabled.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

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