I wonder if someone can give me some insight into a problem that
Smartmontools hard disk utilities might help with.
I have an HP pavilion notebook with windows vista 32bit and a 120mb Western
digital Scorpio hard drive. My problem is that it clicks relentlessly, every 20
to 60 seconds. It sounds exactly as if the heads are parking themselves over and
The sound is driving me absolutely mad. I work in a quiet room, and it is
like Chinese torture. I have tried HP and Western Digital customer service, but
neither is remotely capable of addressing it since it is not part of their tech
support protocol. They just replace hard drives but this will not solve the
problem. I know this because I have already had hard drives replaced, and the
same problem has existed in several drives, even from different
I posted this issue on a computer forum found here
One person responded with a link to some downloads, regarding hparm, and
settings to change the disk power management settings.
I would like to use this utility to change the settings, but frankly, I am
not computer savvy at all. I am strictly a basic user. I have a few
Will the utility allow me to get the hard drive to stop parking its heads
every 20 seconds? Will it work with vista 32? How difficult will it be for me to
perform this download and operate it? If Smartmontools is the right answer,
what exactly should I download?