Over the period of a few months my machine started making grinding noises when it was both in use and on standby. Eventually I started having trouble with the functionality of the system and it finally I couldn't find the Op System.
I was told to re-install using the Master CD. This failed with numerous different error messages about missing files etc.
I was in the fortunate position that I could buy a new base unit, and had taken data back-ups when the grinding noise started.
So now I've got a base unit that doesn't work sat on the floor, which gives me the opportunity to have a go at trying to find out what went wrong, and attempt to repair and get working again.
I would like to know of any useful resources/ reference sites out there that could help me in doing this, i.e diagnosis etc.
If it is the hard drive maybe looking on the makers site for a utility to check the drive may help ,most HDD makers have these utility's available and sometimes they can fix small hdd errors,but they cant work miracles and if the drive is to badly damaged they may not be able to help.