Noisy HD

  john bunyan 23:18 09 Nov 10

I have a 320 Gig Primary HD in my desktop - about 3 1/2 to 4 years old but all ok on W7 Ult 64 bit.
The HD seems to be working but has become vey noisy. A continuous whine is noticable. I have an internal caddy mounted slave, and am in the process of doing virus and malware scans prior to an ATI clone. Is there a way of checking the primary to see what the whine is. Assuming it is failing, can I just replace it and do a reverse clone? I have also backed up data to an external HD.

  rdave13 23:48 09 Nov 10

I would certainly replace a 'whining' hdd as soon as possible just in case.
All my caddied hard drives are external and I use Paragon software to clone. Once the internal hard drive is cloned then I just swap them and I'm up and running. Sometimes I have to start system restore, though, on the replaced drive for some reason.

  john bunyan 13:05 13 Nov 10

I have now replaced the primary drive, but now I find that the whine is from poor bearings on the Chipset cooling fan, built in to the motherboard. A pain but a good repair guy I know has offered to change it - involves taking out motherboard, silver paste etc etc. £40 - seems ok? My motherboard is 4 years old but whole system works well on 64 bit W7, so would like to keep it going until SSD drives get cheaper etc.

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