Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

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trunten

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Well, I've been having this problem for a while, but now it's getting a bit out of hand. When I go to stand-by and get out of stand-by, it says 'Unable to read/write from drive C:' and other times (just regular surfing, playing CS, etc) the HD locks up for about 10 secs. It also does a thing I'd like to call "HD-turns-off-then-turns-back-on-again-with-a-grinding-sound".

I've tried reformatting which had some '...trying to recover' errors. And I've tried ScanDisk on thorough A LOT of times and it came up with some bad sectors on some of the scans. I've also tried Western Digital's disk drive utils. but it has some weird error now saying the IDE isnt plugged in correctly, but it is.

Specs:
Win98
40GB Western Digital HD
[ I won't say all the other specs. I don't want to intimidate other people ^_^; ]
 
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Hi trunten

A grinding sound with a hard drive and many bad sectors is not good. It sounds like your drive has bit the dust. Since it is 40 gig there is a good chance that it is still under a warranty as most hard drives come with at least a 1 year warranty and many have a three year warranty. You could recheck the drives jumpers (master/slave) and reseat the data cable but I don't think that will help. BOL
 

trunten

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So what do I do? I just got this computer (including the hard drive) about 1 month ago. And I'm pretty sure that it's still on warranty.

BTW: What do I do for it to be repaired/replaced by WD?
 
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Depends on how you got the computer. If you got the computer from a store take it to them and let them fix it or give you a replacement. If it is a brand name like dell you can call them for a replacement part.

Go here for western digitals support and look under online warranty services.

http://www.wdc.com/service/
 
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