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hd making grinding noise

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chris_j11, Nov 8, 2004.

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  1. chris_j11

    chris_j11 Thread Starter

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    i had my sony viao for almost 2-yrs and i'm starting to hear a grinding noise from my hd. i initially noticed it when i turned it on. it made this loud grinding noise for over 10-mins then it disappear (pc still made typical very noise) and after 3 days the hd made the same noise (again for ~10-mins), but not as loud when i turned it on, still loud enough to notice and the grinding noise wasn't consistent either, a few time it was like grinding down then speeding up again
    should i start looking at new hd, will i be able to rescue my files if my hd just decides to stop working or decides to boot up
    i normally keep my pc on for 5-days and i know i'm not the only one so i don't think that's the reason
    also most night, i keep my pc busy all night long encoding movies for over 10-hrs, can that be the cause
     
  2. xgerryx

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    Any information of value should be backed up. Hd can die at the drop of a hat.

    But are you sure its the hd and not a fan.
     
  3. kiwiguy

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    Are you really really sure its the HDD?

    The noise you describe sounds more like a fan that has bearing failure.

    IF its the HDD, you need to get all your data off now. If its the fan, then a new fan is needed.
     
  4. n2gun

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    I would open it up and make sure it is the hard drive. If it is I suggest you get a new one quick. I would, personally, not run the pc til I did. You will not be able to recover anything if it crashes. The only way would be to send it to a place that specializes in data recover and it is expensive.
     
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