Ever heard such hard drive sounds?
Thread poster: Charlotte Blank

Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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Dec 4, 2010

I don't hope so...

"If your hard drive makes noises like these and you are still able to access your files - backup immediately."


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Sometimes it's too late Dec 12, 2010

An ounce of prevention...

A program named SpinRite, then it was the v2, in the ancient PC-XT days, when a 40 MB (sic!) hard disk cost USD 400 (sic!) in Brazil, saved me two of these from going to the trash bin.

The current one is v6, available at http://www.grc.com . The author has two very enlightening videos there, where he explains what may happen to a hard disk, and how the program helps avoiding that.

The program is not expensive, and I run it on all hard disks once or twice a month, overnight, to keep them working smoothly. Sometimes the whole system won't boot, so I know it's past the time to do it again. It boots on DOS (a free version is included) from a CD or floppy, and runs on its own. Worth checking out.

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Try the free software, Smartmontools Dec 26, 2010


This software helps you monitor the health of a drive, and tell you if it really is failing. Some older drives are noisier by default. Other times a drive can silently die when you aren't looking, corrupting files without warning.

This program should help you rely on something more quantitative than your hearing.

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