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    Dying hard drive

    I think my primary hard drive is on it`s last legs.

    For the last few weeks, it has been hit and miss whether the drive will boot or not.

    Often when starting my pc up, I will hear a ping/clicking sound and it was stop at "detecting hard drives" or something like that. If I restart the machine it usually boots up windows, but not always. I may have to repeat that twice.

    When Windows is running, the drive in question is quiet and very reliable. The issue is always at the post boot stage when detecting the drive(s).

    I`ve ordered a new drive anyways, but I was just curious. This sound like a drive about to give out?

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    Haha, certainly it sounds like it.

    I would recommend you pick up an imaging utility such as Norton ghost or Acronis and make an image backup of the drive that you can simply restore onto the new drive.
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    Sounds like it is about to fail. I would do an updated full backup ASAP.

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    Rather than spending money on norton ghost or Acronis software (which is great software I must admit) there's not much point in paying for it to use it once, it's more for multiple time usage. I'd recommend just attatching some kind of external storage to copy all of the data you need, and install a fresh copy of windows on the new HDD.

    As long as it's the same motherboard and you have the serial number for the copy of windows it should be fine. However, during activation it'll say the key is already used (if you've used it 3 times or it is an OEM version), in that case you'd have to call the microsoft number it says and tell them you are reinstalling windows on the same computer, and they'll tell you a series of characters to type in. Don't worry, i've done it many times and people do it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicvorlon View Post
    I think my primary hard drive is on it`s last legs.

    For the last few weeks, it has been hit and miss whether the drive will boot or not.

    Often when starting my pc up, I will hear a ping/clicking sound and it was stop at "detecting hard drives" or something like that. If I restart the machine it usually boots up windows, but not always. I may have to repeat that twice.

    When Windows is running, the drive in question is quiet and very reliable. The issue is always at the post boot stage when detecting the drive(s).

    I`ve ordered a new drive anyways, but I was just curious. This sound like a drive about to give out?
    Its making the sound of its last dance, be quick and do a full backup cause it wont last for long.

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    Yes you are quite right. The drive is taking her last breaths. So backup your data and throw her away.

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    I have the same issue on my computer. Where could i get one from anyway?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalSapphire View Post
    I have the same issue on my computer. Where could i get one from anyway?

    Thanks
    A new hard drive?

    You can always try:

    www.cdw.com
    www.newegg.com
    www.tigerdirect.com


    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoaaib View Post
    Yes you are quite right. The drive is taking her last breaths. So backup your data and throw her away.
    Don't be so quick to toss a drive. Most have 3-5yr warranty's.

    Check the manufacturers site as you may be eligable for a RMA.

    Backup the Data, scrub it and RMA it.
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    Right. You need to backup ASAP before the hard drive fails big time.

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    Agreed, but make sure your motherboard will support a hard drive before you buy it. Acronis is great btw! Saved my life once XD

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    Are you going to play it safe all your life? Take a risk, don't backup your data.

    Don't be so quick to toss a drive. Most have 3-5yr warranty's.

    Check the manufacturers site as you may be eligable for a RMA.

    Backup the Data, scrub it and RMA it.
    You can actually do an RMA and get the new hard drive first and then send back your old hard drive. It would depend on the manufacturer but i know WD offers this kind of advanced replacement service. They take your credit card info, but that is just in case they don't get your old drive back from you.

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    New hard drive installed, new installation of XP and we`re good to go! Unfortunately my previous hard drive was past the warranty by two months! I`ve gone with a Western Digital this time. Previous was Maxtor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicvorlon View Post
    I think my primary hard drive is on it`s last legs.

    For the last few weeks, it has been hit and miss whether the drive will boot or not.

    Often when starting my pc up, I will hear a ping/clicking sound and it was stop at "detecting hard drives" or something like that. If I restart the machine it usually boots up windows, but not always. I may have to repeat that twice.

    When Windows is running, the drive in question is quiet and very reliable. The issue is always at the post boot stage when detecting the drive(s).

    I`ve ordered a new drive anyways, but I was just curious. This sound like a drive about to give out?
    Did you buy your HDD new? Is it less than I dunno lets say 5 years old? You should have a warranty on it surely? Anyways you've got a new one coming now Problem Solved I wanna get some SAS's in my Desktop :L

    - Many Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicvorlon View Post
    New hard drive installed, new installation of XP and we`re good to go! Unfortunately my previous hard drive was past the warranty by two months! I`ve gone with a Western Digital this time. Previous was Maxtor.
    Oh right :L Yeah WD Are probbably the best company to go with when it comes to drives. my first hard drive back in the day was a WD lol, my grandad gave it to me. A 200gb IDE Old technology now but it still works

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    Quote Originally Posted by veeblox View Post
    Oh right :L Yeah WD Are probbably the best company to go with when it comes to drives. my first hard drive back in the day was a WD lol, my grandad gave it to me. A 200gb IDE Old technology now but it still works

    - Many Thanks,
    I am also personally a Western Digital fan overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I am also personally a Western Digital fan overall.

    -mike
    Yup WD all the way. I still have a old Dual AMD MP2800 machine here with 2 80GB IDE's in it. Replaced one of them under warranty but the other is still humming along. I think it's about 6 or so years old.
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