I have a pretty new computer running Windows XP Home edition. The other day I turned it off for a few days, rather than let it go on running, as is my usual way. When I booted it up again it made a fairly loud whining noise, then settled down to a quiet but still noticeable whine. I can now and then detect a variation in this sound. Can anyone tell me if it is likely that my Hard Disc is about to die? I have already backed up all my Documents. I have been told that my pre-installed XP Home edition does not have a full backup facility - for system stuff etc. Help!
Any suggestions on both these questions (Noise problem and Full Backup) would be mightily appreciated.