Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:39 PM
Following instructions @ the link you provided, I discovered that I have a Hitachi HDT725032VLA389. Ran the appropriate Hitachi diagnostic and end result was this message: Operation Completed Successfully; Disposition Code 0x00. Which, I assume, means no problems discovered.
During the several hour-long test, the intermediate noise I spoke about occurred for long periods and the intense high-speed whining noise appeared once, lasting for about two minutes.
I think you're going to tell me that I have a mechanical problem, one that the diagnostic software isn't able to "see". It then follows that I'd be better off installing a new HD under my terms/timetable, rather than waiting for the catastrophic failure that's heading my way. Would very much appreciate your thoughts on this. To add to your burden, want you to know that this computer is essential to my 1099-type home-based work and my budget won't allow simply getting a new computer.
Thanks for the help so far, Bill.
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