Crackling/Popping noise using mic

Hi,

When I am using my microphone and recording, I get a weird crackling and popping noise. I thought it was a hard drive issue but I have 700gb still left. Kinda ran out of ideas. Any help?

Unfortunately this is one of those sort of problems that can be due to one (or more) of many possible causes. See if anything here helps: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_recording_troubleshooting.html#skips

(The thing I would go for first, is to ensure that Windows and your anti-virus are fully updated, then reboot and wait … wait … until the computer has fully booted up, then try again. (background updating is notorious for this kind of problem).