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Noisy Hard Drive

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 04:50 AM

Hi, all. This is my first post on the forum.

When I boot up the computer, the drive emits a continuous low growl, and although all installed software seems to work normally, and I can connect to the internet, I am worried that there might be a serious underlying problem. Also, the cursor on the screen flickers in a way it never has before.

Any thoughts/help greatly appreciated.


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Posted 22 October 2006 - 08:00 AM

The very, very first thing to do is to backup anything that you can get off of the hard drive! Do it right now and you may be able to save your valuable information.

If you wait, it could cost you from $600 to $1800 to recover the data from a truly dead drive (this was the quote for my 80 gB drive that died about a year ago).

Once that's done, try this free utility to check the SMART status of your drive: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php Just click on the SMART tab to view your drive's status.

Then, plan on getting a new drive (the test will likely show many problems with the drive). Also, you'll need to have the recovery disks or XP installation disks available to reinstall Windows.

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 09:03 AM

Thanks for that, John; I'll do that now!



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