HD is making noise

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  1. Pringles

    Pringles New Member

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    I think my time is up. I got this computer in 2002 and I think the HD is going to give in on me soon. Are there any tests I can run? What should I use to make a backup? How do I know if it is really the HD failing me?
     
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    Are you sure its the HDD? Have you checked that there isn't anything obstructing the fans (specifically the power supply fan and the cpu fans - check that no cables are knocking the fan).

    If it is the HDD then backup straight away, some hdd's will get louder but it doesn't always mean you're heading for a head crash.

    Try and supply some more information if you can.
     
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    Well first off, back up your data before running tests.

    Then, try MS checkdisk with all the options, takes a while to run but generally will get the job done.
     
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    Well im pretty sure it's the HD b/c everytime I do something where the machine would check the hd it starts grindind. But if it's idling in safe mode it's more quiet than ususal.

    What is the best method of backing up my data? After that Ill try this ms ceckdisk.
     
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    Back the data up to an external device (dvd-r) or external drive. If you don't have enough space then you will have to prioritize what matter's most. Keep in mind if your drive is dying every second of use could be it's last so prioritizing the data is probably best.

    If you want to use a program to automate the backup process you might want to checkout the Superfiles Website for available freeware/shareware.
     
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    I should backup the whole drive including windows and what not right?

    Would norton ghost be a good program for this?
     
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    If the drive is indeed on its way out, heavy use (such as ghosting the whole thing) is probably not the best idea. I would still backup the important things first (documents, photos, videos, music). Windows and applications can always be reinstalled where your documents cannot.
     
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    Microsoft office documents (excel spreadsheets, word documents, outlook e-mails, etc). Internet bookmarks. Go to Add/Remove Programs and write down each software you have listed and want to install next time.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    ghost it to a new drive.
     
  10. skelm

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    sigh.. read up before posting ftw.
     
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    Scan disk also gives me unable to complete error when I run it on drive c. Does that say something as to how much life left it has?
     
  12. Rob

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    if it is the drive it could die in 2 minutes or 2 days. pull your data and replace the drive
     
  13. Pringles

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    Well I backed it up to my other storage drive. I guess it's just time till it fails on me and I buy a new one. Should I look into the 10k rpm's or it's not worth my money?
     
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    In my opinion it's worth the money but it really depends on what you are doing with the machine. I always like to have a nice fast drive for the operating system though, you can always store all the files you rarely use on a slower drive
     

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