(That should be: Hard-drive on new laptop makes intermittant clicking sound: bad?) I just got a new Dell Inspiron laptop which I like very much. There's only one (possible) issue with it. The Dell Talk customer forums don't seem to provide any definitive answer, so I figured I'd ask the HTF population, since there are so many power users. The hard drive makes an intermittant clicking sound when the OS is "idle". If I boot up to Win2K or WinME, and then leave the laptop alone for about 30 seconds, the hard drive will read and then I hear a small clickety-clack sound. It's not a loud sound, but it's obvious when the PC is in a quiet room. I've heard that the IBM HDs were quite noisy. I'm concerned that the sound is a harbinger of what to come: more noises and then a HD failure. Can anyone set me straight? I've never owned a laptop before and I've heard various things about what to expect. You can hear this sound by listening to this small (65K) MP3 file : www.yurkovic.com/clickclick.mp3 During normal reads/writes, it doesn't make the sound. Nor does it happen when I run the Dell Diagnostics tool on the hard drive, where all tests are successful. The hard drive is a 20 gig Hitachi, which I've already taken out and reseated. Any help would be most appreciated. THANKS!