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IBM Thinkpad-Is this hard drive failure?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jperryneal, May 8, 2006.

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  1. jperryneal

    jperryneal Thread Starter

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    Have had an IBM Thinkpad for 2.5 years, and today I started it up by holding the start button in, and a strange whirring sound came from the laptop. It then booted up, and I was checking some things out online, when the whirring sound started again, and my little light up icon that showed hard drive activity started lightin up. Scared, I turned the laptop off.
    Now, it is no big deal if it is a hard drive failure, replacing one in a laptop can't be that hard, but is the start button hooked directly into the hd? I' m not realy familiar with it, and need a little advice.
    I really don't know what else it could be. I was thinking that if I could get another hour out of it, I would transfer all my data before it comletely died.
    Thanks in advance.
    Perry
     
  2. qldit

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    Good Afternoon jperryneal, your description kind of is in line with a hard drive going noisy just before it goes to the great computer god.
    The switch should have no bearing on the noise.

    There are probably only four mechanical devices in the machine.
    1. Floppy Drive.
    2. CD Rom.
    3. Hard drive.
    4. Cooling Fan for processor.

    By process of elimination and observing when the problem happens you should be able to guess what is making the noise, also bearing in mind that hard drives often do make high pitched or growling noises.

    I would be inclined to get your important data off the thing SASPO.

    Do you have restore disk/s for the system?

    Commisserations, qldit.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Yep it is time to backup the backups and look for a new drive.
     
  4. downinfront

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    image that monster asap!
     
  5. jperryneal

    jperryneal Thread Starter

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    The noise is not happening constantly-I finally had the courage to turn it on and see what
    it was going to do.
    I went out, first thing, and bought a stand alone hard drive from Sam's called Simpletech. I was not able to image the hard drive until I installed teh accompanying software on the laptop.
    Went ahead and imaged it.

    Perry
     
  6. qldit

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    Good Evening jperryneal, we know who to call when there is a problem like this now!!
    Well done!!
    Cheers, qldit.
     
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