Freeze at Login with HDD noises, chkdsk comes up fine?

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Hi TSG!

Having a terrible week with tech, my laptop hdd packed in and now my desktop (while I was updating firmware on my ipod so thats borked too). My issue is with my desktop.

I think a capacitor in my PSU broke quite a while ago, it's been making a high pitched whine (this may be the cause of my problems?). While running fine (on xp at the time), the computer slowed down to an absolute halt, with the hard drive making regular thud noises every few seconds. Then it failed to boot. I decided it was a hard drive issue and got a new one. Now the same thing happened again! Suddenly everything got very slow, the cursor froze. Did a hard reboot and now I get to the login screen, upon entering the password it freezes again, with the same hard drive noise from before. I managed to get into safe mode, and schedule a chkdsk, which doesn't show any errors. I don't seem to be able to get into safemode anymore.

Does a clean chkdsk mean the drive is intact? I'm definitely going to buy a new power supply, but will I need a new HDD too, and possibly a new motherboard?

Any comments would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
 
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chkdsk only checks for (and fixes) any file system errors. It doesn't check for wear-and-tear physical/mechanical damage to the drive or it's controller, that's a job for the manufacturer's own diagnostic software which can be run from a bootable CD. So even if the PC won't boot from the hard drive, or Windows won't start, you can still test the drive for imminent failure.
Appropriate links are here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Whichever brand of diagnostic software you download to match the brand of drive you want to test, make sure you download only the 'DOS' version of it. The Windows version will be useless to you if Windows won't run.
 
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I think a capacitor in my PSU broke quite a while ago, it's been making a high pitched whine (this may be the cause of my problems?)
Time to open it up and check your fans and heatsinks to see if any have fallen off or not working. A overheating CPU will slow it down like that too.

If you feel comfortable doing that I some times forget that not every one likes opening these up. :)
 
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