My Harddrive died

Toshiba / Tecra a4
May 15, 2010 at 12:51:50
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Yesterday, i bought an second-hand Toshiba Tecra A4 (it was in top-condition).
I sat down with it and used it all night on my lap. But when i wanted to put it on the table, it maked a noise (it was like the CPU-fan was hitting the case, that kind of sound). I thought that it was the cpu-fan, but i thought: i'll fix that tomorrow. But i was taking the laptop upstairs, because i wanted to watch an dvd movie, but when i closed the lid and walked with it upstairs, the noise came back.
And it was so damn loud (and the laptop started to fibrate, if you know what i mean :p ) that i decided to turn the laptop off, Windows wasn't responding anymore so i pushed the power button down for 5 seconds. When i took the laptop down and put it on the table, it didn't boot to windows, it even didn't boot from the HDD at all, only from LAN & DVD.
When i accesd the BIOS, it said: Primary Hard Drive= No device.
So i think my hdd is dead, i booted with Hiren's Boot CD and tested my Motherboard, everything was ok.
It was the originally "Toshiba" branded 60 GB , the orginal hard drive. But after 4 years; How can my harddrive died so soon?
And why did it died?

Sorry about my crappy English, I'm Dutch =D

Thanks in advance

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May 15, 2010 at 20:35:26
Depending on usage, 4 years isn't an unreasonably short lifetime for a hard drive.

When you look for a new drive you might find that newer, higher capacity drives will be cheaper than another 60 gig. But before getting a larger drive you should make sure the bios will see it OK. If your bios is 48-bit LBA compliant it should see a drive larger than 128 gig.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.

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