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grinding noise at startup

by frankzxcv / March 19, 2007 3:29 AM PDT

well i think this is pure denial . . . when i start my desktop i can hear a motor-ish slight grinding noise. it goes away in about a minute. i checked the fans by stopping them for a half second, they don't seem to be the source. i removed disk from the dvd drive, so it's now empty . . . SO there are 3 hard drives in this machine, and the c: drive is the oldest, . . . I would hate to have to re install all that software. can this possibily be anything other than the c: drive? do all drives spin up at startup? should I unplug the other drives and startup again to see? thanks - fj

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Best thing to do
by jackson dougless / March 19, 2007 3:37 AM PDT

Would be to unplug all but one drive, and start the system. If you don't hear the noise, shut down and plug in another drive. Continue like this until you either find the one making the noise, or have eliminated all of them as the source of the sound.

If it is one of the drives, you should start making backups of any data on it and looking for a replacement. There's likely no great rush, but there's also little point taking any chances. I would perform a backup of the drive immediately, keep the backup current, and use the drive sparingly. Then watch the weekly store ads for a good deal on a replacement drive. When something comes along, replace the drive if it hasn't failed in the interim.

If it's not a drive making the noise, you'll have to figure out what is making the noise first, and then see about replacing it.

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Oohh dear oh dear
by meisinscotland / March 19, 2007 3:41 AM PDT

I would pretty much have said what Jackson said. Maybe you can use some imaging software to ghost the drive? Then replace it and restore the ghosted image.

I dont know a thing about ghosting as I never do it, and have never had a duff HD either but its just advice I'd give.

Hope it helps you.

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by frankzxcv / March 19, 2007 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Oohh dear oh dear

for the reinforcement. i suspect it only grinds when starting from cold so (i have already backed everything up) i will unhook the alt drives tonight and then see what happens tomorrow. time to swap that drive anyhow, it's only 40 gig, the other drives are all 250! and it will be nice to have a fresh registry / OS install. question, as long as i am re installiug, any real reason to upgrade to winxp (from 2k)? current system runs so well . . . and it's paid for . . . --fj

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by meisinscotland / March 19, 2007 4:48 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks

I ran Windows 2000 for a while and loved it, VERY STABLE, but upgraded to XP Home since I had it too, and it could run more modern applications. Plus, my laptop and the accompanying hardware was designed for XP and in the long run I think it better for me!

It up to you, if you are not bothered about IE7, Windows Live Messenger, or WMP11, stick with 2000. (etc)

Glad I could be of assistance, and wow, my laptop HD is 37 GB and I do just great!! :s Wink

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