|I performed a fresh install of XP Home Edition SP1 on my PC. After downloading/installing the second round of updates (the ones that includes SP2 + tons of security updates) I restarted my PC (as required after install of updates).|
While the XP splash screen was being displayed, my HD made a sort of a cross of a click/grinding noise. I want to be clear that this noise isn't the one you hear when your disk spools up quickly then slows down, and repeats that. I can't think of any noises that sound similar to the one I'm hearing at the moment, if I think of one I'll tell you guys. The grind like noise could be heard 3 separate times within the matter of about 1.5 seconds, upon a 1 second delay, the same set of noises is heard and then the computer reboots.
PC was working fine before install, in terms of hardware, so I'm not sure if it's an HD failure, I want to believe it's a software problem.
Regardless, I want to retrieve my files - possibly a live program that I can boot and browse my XP partition, and copy those files over to my USB drives.
If I can restore it, that would be awesome, I want to take the safer route though, which is why I'm leaning towards a live cd, or something of that nature and capabilities...
Thanks for your time!