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Windows 7: Please help my Harddrive is making alot of loud nosies,

16 Sep 2011   #1
applepie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 
Please help my Harddrive is making alot of loud nosies,

and I'm nervous about it. Here is the history on my computer it is 18 to 20 years old and lately the harddrive has been making a very loud noise while freezing up on me a lot my computer is running like a very slow snail I don't want to do a defrag on it because I'm afraid that it will mess up the harddrive even more. What should I do?
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16 Sep 2011   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Copy your data off to a network share or external drive or even a thumb drive ASAP! (Unless you already have your personal files backed up regularly)

After that, start looking for a new drive and look forward to complete reinstall of everything. Or a new computer... even the cheapest computer/laptop you can get will be about 100 times better than anything "18-20 years old"
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16 Sep 2011   #3
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I would backup your data to a few floppies before the drive goes out.
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16 Sep 2011   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Wow what brand of computer do you have that is still working after 18 to 20 years and how big is the hard drive
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16 Sep 2011   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Wow what brand of computer do you have that is still working after 18 to 20 years and how big is the hard drive
Yeah, no kidding....if the PC & HD are still going after 18-20 years...considering the average lifespan of a HD nowadays is considered what...5 - 7 years?
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16 Sep 2011   #6
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah why did I even mention "Thumbdrive"... even "Networking" may be sketchy
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16 Sep 2011   #7
applepie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the advice,
I have backed up everything I care about in terms of files, pictures etc.
I will be getting a new laptop anyway.

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This is the information about my computer:
PC Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
Computer Model: OptiPlex GX 240
Motherboard Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
Computer Product: OptiPlex GX 240
CPU Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.20 GHz
Version x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 4
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Page File Size 576 Mb
Page File Free 94%
Physical Memory Size 383 Mb
Physical Memory Free 24%
Disk Type Fixed Disk
Disk I.D. C drive
Total Disk Space 37.2Gb
Free Disk Space 30.5Gb
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16 Sep 2011   #8
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

The HD in my 7 year old laptop did the same thing, I never kept anything important on it that wasn't elsewhere so no big deal. Even jumping 7 years was a lifetime in computer progress

I was going to stick a new cheap HD in it and get it running again to give away but it got stolen instead. Hope they enjoy the dead lappy!
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16 Sep 2011   #9
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
The HD in my 7 year old laptop did the same thing, I never kept anything important on it that wasn't elsewhere so no big deal. Even jumping 7 years was a lifetime in computer progress

I was going to stick a new cheap HD in it and get it running again to give away but it got stolen instead. Hope they enjoy the dead lappy!
It is weird though, because I got a PC in 98 (Gateway) with a 20 Gig drive and although it makes that loud noise while running, it still works. I recently hooked it up to the net to confirm something and although I hadn't run it for about a year, it still fired up.....I was using that PC up until 1 1/2 years ago.....

It's running XP & no probs...maybe they knew how to build HD's better back then?
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16 Sep 2011   #10
applepie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 

Thank you Fseal and Borg
for making me laugh!
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