Inspiron N5110 hard drive keeps dying
Posted on 2012-03-30
I have an Inspiron N5110 that I have been using for 6 months.
The hard drive has died twice, with the almost identical "death stages".
1. When I playing audio or video files, I hear a buzzing sound! The video does not change; only the sound does.
2. The buzzing gets more and more frequent.
3. BDOS starts to show.
4. Hard drive dies
Has anyone seen this issue? Surprisingly, one of the techs who came to swap my hard drive (I still have warranty) told me he changes drives on the N5110 quite frequently :-(.
I called the manufacturer; but got the standard your-machine-still-has-warranty-call-us-when-your-drive-dies-again. While getting a new drive every 3-4 months sound great, the disruption in usage is really painful.
Anyone seen this issue? Is there a fix? Would switching to an SSD help? The machine works fine otherwise. I am running Windows 7, 64 bit. I have 4GB RAM, and a 640 GB 'culprit' hard drive.