Originally Posted by Mak213
Are you sure that the sound is not coming from your hard drive? It sounds like your hard drive might be dying. That error you are getting is because the boot information is lost. Which is not a good sign.
I would get something like HDD Life or some other hard drive testing tools to see how good the hard drive is.
Thanks for replying Mak, I had almost given up here. Actually the thing is I am not exactly sure weather the sound is coming from the hard disk or not. You see anytime while I am surfing my PC, I suddenly hear a faint tick-tick-tick sound from somewhere inside my PC cabinet and immediately 1-2 seconds later the system freezes... From my description it possible to speculate which part(s) inside the cabinet can possibly be capable of producing this ticking sound before freeze.
And why is boot information lost not a good sign. Is that what can be causing the machine to not detect any IDE drives after restart.
One friend of mine suggested an application for testing my hard disk, HDTune (free version). It's specs are as follow and will also try "HDD Life" later on..
Don't know what is the meaning of "Benchmark" tab. So didn't run it and hence no specs to display for it.
Also tried to run "Error Scan" by pressing start, but sometime into the scan my PC restarted on it's own and got stuck on a blue screen. Error message..
Stop 0x0000000A (0xC0004B58, 0x0000000Z, 0x00000000, 0x80438708)
Address 804387D8 base at 80400000, DateStamp 3ee6C002 - ntoskrnl.exe
Beginning dump of physical memory
So no specs to display for this either.