Noisy laptop

  Bike-it 12 Oct 12
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I have a Dell studio laptop and recently it has developed a noise when it is on for about 20 minutes. I thought it was one of the fans but after removing them and testing them they are fine. The noise is coming from the hard drive so could this be fixed or will the hard drive need replaced?

  wee eddie 12 Oct 12

Seems silly to say this, but a Disk Image, or something similar, would seem to be a good move.

  Bike-it 12 Oct 12

Sorry mate what is a Disk Image or something similar?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12 Oct 12

A disk image is a working copy of the drive see here

Get the drive copied before it fails completely

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 (Advanced) Free

Product type: Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer Pros: Fast backup and restore, differential backups, basic partitioning capabilities, can restore individual files, cyclic backup, good compression options, can clone hard drives. Recovery media is full-featured, can do most of what the installed application can. Cons: Some compatibility problems with Linux recovery media, no PE environment recovery, program requires registration for download. No file or network support as the latest ToDo offers.

Developers website: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Download page: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Paragon-Drive-Backup-Express-Download-135541.html

Version: 2012

Download file size: 98.7MB 64 Bit compatibility: 32 and 64 bit versions available

License type: Feature limited freeware

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12 Oct 12

A disk image is a working copy of the drive see here

Get the drive copied before it fails completely

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 (Advanced) Free

Product type: Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer Pros: Fast backup and restore, differential backups, basic partitioning capabilities, can restore individual files, cyclic backup, good compression options, can clone hard drives. Recovery media is full-featured, can do most of what the installed application can. Cons: Some compatibility problems with Linux recovery media, no PE environment recovery, program requires registration for download. No file or network support as the latest ToDo offers.

Developers website: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Download page: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Paragon-Drive-Backup-Express-Download-135541.html

Version: 2012

Download file size: 98.7MB 64 Bit compatibility: 32 and 64 bit versions available

License type: Feature limited freeware

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12 Oct 12

A disk image is a working copy of the drive see here

Get the drive copied before it fails completely

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 (Advanced) Free

Developers website: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Download page: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Paragon-Drive-Backup-Express-Download-135541.html

Download file size: 98.7MB 64 Bit compatibility: 32 and 64 bit versions available

License type: Feature limited freeware

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12 Oct 12

Sorry about the triple post the site error message keeps comming up again

  Bike-it 12 Oct 12

Is the process difficult? could i not just copy all the data from the faulty hard drive onto an external hard drive and when i fit the new hard drive into the laptop copy it across.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13 Oct 12

No copying across doesn't work as you cannot copy / move active windows files without special software.

I use Acronis the program I showed you is free and kighly recommended but I haven't used it myself.

The process is easy but takes awhile, I back up overnight takes 3 hrs for approx 500G of data.

I can restore an Acronis image in approx 30 mins so it quicker than installing windows and all your programs + your machine is returned exactly to the state of the last backup.

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