i just install xp sp3 a few days ago

November 17, 2012 at 05:47:56
Specs: Windows XP, 1024 mb
and now comp. wont start and hard drive make weird sound what now

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November 17, 2012 at 07:34:18
Were you experiencing problems before you installed SP3? If your hard drive is making noises you may be experiencing a drive failure that is coincidental to the SP3 install.

How much empty space is left on your Windows partition?

Run a hard drive fitness test on the hard drive.

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November 17, 2012 at 07:40:10
Test the hard drive to see if it has failed. Using a working PC, download SeaTools for DOS from here: http://www.seagate.com/support/down...

Now install IMGBurn: http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...

Use IMGBurn to create a CD from the SeaTools for DOS ISO file.
Boot your faulty PC from that CD and SeaTools will open.
Select the drive you want to test, then choose "Long/Extended Test".

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November 17, 2012 at 10:58:10
Unlikely that installing SP3 (or any other software) would cause your hard drive to make weird sounds. More likely that the HD has failed, assuming you are certain that is where the noise is coming from.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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