Grinding & beeping noise

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RD001

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I have a Gateway PC with ME, 1.3 processor, 640 ram. Three yrs old. It will not boot up. I turn PC on, and I get to first screen, and then it bumps and grinds and whirs and chirps, and beeps. I hit F1 key and get a message that operating system cannot be found. I tried to boot from a Norton rescue disk but no good. It sounds like fan motor is on. Last week, the PC started to cut off (power) for no reason, randomly, and I would have to reboot. Has my hardrive crashed? Might it be something less severe?. Please help? Thank you. RD.
 
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sounds like the hard drive has died or is dieing could also be ide cables they go bad from time to time. Id open the case up if your hearing noises and look for wires falling into fans and make sure all cables are tight to their cdroms and harddrives.
 

RD001

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I just got to reading mail. Will try your suggestion. If hardrive is gone, is there a way to recover data files?
 

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It definitely sounds like the drive is toast. Some people swear by freezing a drive and then quickly plugging it in to get data off it, but that only works under specific circumstances and only for a very short period of time if it actually does. The only other hope is an expensive recovery service or just let it go and start over again from scratch...
 
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befor trying any thing might kill the drive for good id try new cables and maybe in another pc never know about pc parts some times their funny. I got a dvd-rw that wont work in friends pc he puts it in and windows disables it put it in my pc and it works fine.
 
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