Hard disk on my machine makes cracking noise. Access to HD slower than before. WinXP. Does this means that the HD is going to fail soon? I check virus (Mcafee) and spyware (spysweepr, spybot, adware), no problem. Is there any problem to check the health of HD. The HD has 3 years warrenty, but I do not really like to send disk back in case the manufacturer repair it and sell to someone else. I know there is some program to "destory" the HD totally, but I do not think I can run program if the HD totally failed. If the HD is not totally failed, how do I convience manufacturer it has fault? Any advice is appreciated.
Not wishing to teach you how to suck eggs but I would suggest you take a complete backup of your drive before running too much diagnostic software across it. If it is making noises as you suggest it could cause all sorts of problems with the integrity of the magnetic surfaces on the platters. With a backup at least if your drive is about to fail for good you will still have your data.
Hard drives are relatively cheap. 2 or 3 years worth of lost data can be a nightmare.
Thanks. I have got 2 copies backup of data, but reinstall all software is not something I fancy expecially the partition for kids (I have dual bootup setup, one for me and one for kids). They do not remember what games they got on. When they cannot play some games they will give me hard time when I move to a new hard disk.
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