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Harddrive squeak

July 20, 2010 at 13:15:04
Specs: Windows XP, 512MB
Hi everyone

My PC has been very slow since the past few weeks and one fine day it refused to get by the windows XP boot screen. I had a lot of important information on it but decided to do a fresh install. So i did a fresh install of windows 7. While installing the setup crashed and there was a repeated squeak which seemed to come from the hard drive. I tried again and again, finally it installed and i started using windows 7. I ran the chkdsk utility and restarted my computer. While chkdsk was running during the 2nd stage my computer crashed again and i could hear the familiar squeak again coming from the hard drive. It seemed as though something was being reset over and over again and prevented progress of the operation. Ive tried over and over again but the computer crashes anywhere from after the BIOS screen till the desktop and that squeak is heard again and again. The only option is to reset and try again. Its behaviour is quite unpredictible. Could this be a problem of the hard disc being misaligned or dust issues. Should i perform disk defragment(if i can get to that). Please help me.


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July 20, 2010 at 13:18:41
Your hard drive is dying, get a new one.

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July 20, 2010 at 13:32:39
My HD is pretty new but im not ruling out the possibility. How many years do HD's last for anyways. Mine is Seagate barracuda. Even if i get to safe mode, a bunch of drivers load and then suddenly *squeak*. Is there anyways that I can repair the harddrive myself?

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July 20, 2010 at 13:53:05
What you *should* have done was run a diagnotic program on your hard drive, not format. And if you only have 512MB RAM, you shouldn't have even thought about installing Win 7, let alone actually gone ahead & done it. Now you've lost all your data & you have a system that probably performs extremely poorly. 512MB is OK for XP, but it's only 1/2 as much as the minimum for Win 7.

Chances are your drive is on it's way out, but you should go to the HDD manufacturer's website & download their diagnostic software to make sure. You *may* even qualify for a replacement.

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July 20, 2010 at 14:34:59
Any unusual sounds from a hard drive should be taken very seriously. Considering the problems you are having it is highly likely the drive is bad. You should back up any important data, even before you do a drive diagnostic. Any unnecessary disk use before this is done may make recovery more difficult - or impossible.

Disk drive life varies greatly. They might run for 10 years or more, or much less.

Drives are repaired only for data recovery purposes. The cost is far more than a new drive.

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July 20, 2010 at 15:30:29
He already lost all his data:

"I had a lot of important information on it but decided to do a fresh install. So i did a fresh install of windows 7"

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