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Broken hard drive head

by LycheeMilk / February 13, 2013 6:16 AM PST

So I am hearing these clicking sounds in my computer and I am 90% certain that it is my hard drive failing.

After a series of clicks, my computer would blue screen.
Whenever I turn my computer on, it would also make these clicks and sometimes, the computer would not recognize any drive and just tell me to restart.
And at times, there are these timeout errors if there are a short amount of clicks and my computer doesn't blue screen.

But my computer would still boot, and it still works alright. It would probably blue screen two times a day, a little more if I am unlucky.
I've already backed up my computer to an external HD.

My question is whether I should still continue to turn on the computer.
Because I know that the HD is going to completely fail at some point, and I am already shopping around for a replacement. But is it a good idea to continue using the computer and just coping with the blue screens?
Would this issue affect the health of the other pieces of hardware?

Thanks for your time.

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I'd boot from Ubuntu or UBCD and save my data ASAP
by wpgwpg / February 13, 2013 6:29 AM PST
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If the hard drive is as sick as it sounds, the sooner you get your data copied to an external hard drive (preferably) or flash drive, the better. If you boot from a DVD or CD with Ubuntu or UBCD (Universal Boot CD), you'll have a Windows like desktop without having from the failing drive, and you can copy your data. You could also look at the SMART data to see how close it is to crapping out, and you could run chkdsk and let it check for and attempt repair of bad sectors, but be sure to back your data first.
If your hard drive fails before you can do a complete system backup, you're going to need the install discs for Windows and your applications.

Good luck.

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Leave it off
by bob b / February 13, 2013 8:09 AM PST
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If the Hd croaks you won't be able to clone.
You can get a Hd in a day or two or even less if you buy local.

Fit in the new unit.....fingers crossed.....clone.
Remove old unit.

If the Hd croaks or the clone fails then your looking at restoring from your backups.
Do you know how to do that?..........Have you ever tested it?

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