So I've had this player for quite some time now and I haven't really had any problems with it(besides the usual freezing) until recently.
Okay, so I use it at work frequently for maybe 4-6 or so hours constantly playing music(occasionally youtube or videos) and it has been skipping to the next track randomly. It used to only do it every once in a while, but now it is just constantly skipping songs!! At first I thought that it was because I had been playing playlists since it'd always freeze when playing a playlist. I'll be playing a song and suddenly it'll spurt and then play the next song. The counter will stop where it skipped the current track but it still plays the next track.
With some songs it will just stop playing and take me to the home screen.
I also noticed this with my videos! It just stops playing videos and freezes.
I have already cleared everything, reformatted it, and re-uploaded the firmware but to no avail. It still does this and I don't know if I'm re-adding corrupt files or if it's the HDD going out?? It sometimes makes loud clicking noises. It's been running slow lately and also when I try to transfer things from the Archos to my computer, it'll just freeze windows explorer.
I've looked it up and for some people it seems to be a common problem with no fix but I think it might be the HDD. I just don't want to waste $100 or so on another HDD if it's going to keep doing the same thing. Any suggestions?? I bought it used so no warranty.
Thanks in advance!