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Posted on 1998-11-09
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What should I do if I hear stranges sounds coming from my computer. Sounds like grinding think it might be my hard drive ?
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RY,

   If it is not the NORMAL sounds a harddrive makes, then i would start worrying.  Back up your important data and shop for a new harddrive.  
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Narrow it down before buying a hard disk.  Remove the case from the machine and when you hear the noise try to determine EXACTLY where it's coming from.  I had a problem with my CPU's fan which was only a $6 replacement.  But if it's not the fan, it PROBABLY is the hard drive.  Backup Immediately if it's a clicking noise.  anything else, LISTEN before jumping to conclusions.
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Leew,

   I think a harddrive making unusual noises is a immediate concern.  Harddrives are relatively cheap nowadays, so i think buying a new one would be in his/her best interest.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I didn't mean to imply it wasn't.  But the most common hard drive noise I've experienced with SCSI and IDE hard drives over the past 4 years is a clicking noise which was very close to the drive's demise.  When I said I wouldn't jump to conclusions I meant find out what the noise is, but don't go running out to a store to spend $130-$300 on a new hard disk without CONFIRMING the origin of the sound.
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thanks it turned out to be my cd r making the noise.
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