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Hard Drive Making Lots of Sounds

by chillychi / May 7, 2004 6:03 AM PDT

My hard drive is making a lot of sounds and now my computer is not starting up to window. What is happening to my hard drive. It is less than two years old.

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Re:Hard Drive Making Lots of (BAD) Sounds
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 6:23 AM PDT

This will be a test of your backup system. A new drive and then you restore from backup.

At today's prices, it's rare to find people pay thousands to fix that drive.


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Re:Hard Drive Making Lots of Sounds
by JMarchi / May 7, 2004 1:49 PM PDT

Hard drives can die at 1 month old, 2 months old 2 years old or 10 years old. You take your chances!!!

When a drive gets noisy it a warning to backup regularly, or replace it before it goes.

If it is clicking then it's got a head crash, usually, and the data is lost. If it just is noisy then the data may be recoverable for a lot of money!!!

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Re:Re:Hard Drive Making Lots of Sounds
by chillychi / May 7, 2004 2:08 PM PDT

I'm not sure if my hard drive is dead. But it wont startup to window and the noise is getting worst. It sounds like a race car engine. Is there a way to fix it? If not, is there a way to still try to recover the data before it totally dies out. Right now I'm using my secondary drive as the primary. Can I move my data from the bad drive to the good one, and how to do it?
Please help.
Thank you....

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Re:Re:Re:Hard Drive Making Lots of Sounds
by Bob__B / May 7, 2004 11:47 PM PDT

Right now I'm using my secondary drive as the primary.

Does that mean you have a machine that will boot/start windows?

If so you might be able to drag+drop (windows explorer) 'your stuff' (pictures, docs, music etc.)
from suspect unit to good unit.

Progs do not move well so a reload of such may be needed.

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Re:Re:Re:Hard Drive Making Lots of Sounds
by JMarchi / May 8, 2004 12:59 AM PDT

You don't repair a drive you replace it.

If you are booting from another drive you should put the old one in on the other cable (unplug the CD temporarily) and see if the data on it can be recognized. Frequently a drive will become damaged but will still be partially readable and you copy the data to another drive if you can when this happens.

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