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Just curious:  On some older pc's, something (either the cpu or HD) makes a grinding noise as it is responding to user input.  Such as opening software, a file, or anything.  What is that noise, why and is there anything to do about it?  It's not a particular speed, brand or style of computer.  I've noticed it on miscellaneous pc's seemingly after they are older.

Sorry if this question seems too vague.

Thanks.
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That's the hard drive grinding away. It's the bearings on the seek arm. It's a good sign the drive is worn and may not have much life left.
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Lovely.  Thanks.
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Some of the older Hard drives just made alot of noise when they where new.
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Like the old quantum drives that had platters roughly the size of small dinner plates.
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These are mostly IBM's that are 4 years old or less.
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Ack! Deskstars?! *running away*
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