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Whirring Sound & Hard Drive Acitivity Light Is On

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by phil18646, Sep 13, 2010.

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  1. phil18646

    phil18646 Thread Starter

    Mar 29, 2006
    Well - let's see - I have a Dell XPS 410 Intel Core 2 (1.866GHz) 4MB cache, 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM a little over 4 years old. I have plenty of free space and have defragged and recently ran a full disk clean - no viruses or malware present.
    My problem is that my computer will start making a whirring sound and the hard drive activity light comes on and during this period of time, everything is very slow and even typing is difficult. While it is whirring, I cannot easily do searches or any work on my computer until it stops. Sometimes this can go on for a long time and happens many times daily.
    I am running XP Pro and IE7 which are are up to date.
    Short of getting a new computer - I need suggestions as to what this could be and would appreciate any help!
  2. saikee


    Jun 11, 2004
    This is a warning that the days to run your hard disk is numbered.

    When a corruption develops, say by a dust particle trapped in the read/write head, some sectors of the hard disk becoming difficult to read. The operating system is obliged to try the instruction several times and so that is why everything is slowed down.

    If the hard disk is allowed to continue to spin it is equivalent to running it to the ground. I would retrieve the data inside if it is valuable.

    The disk will eventually reach a stage that it is no longer readable. The system then cannot mount it and you may then complain that it is not detected.

    A hard disk should be viewed as a "consumable". Every unit is guaranteed by the manufacturer by a finite number of hours of operating cycles without causing errors. It has to die eventually.
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