At random times my computer wil be running smoothly and then suddenly i will hear a clicking noise from inside the case , after this a messgae appears saying windows will *[email protected]: down to protect itself. I was wandering what the clicking nosie could be coming from , and would i need to replace it ? Any help would be much appreciated
The you should as a matter of urgency back up all your important files. If, as is quite likely, your hard drive suddenly fails it will be almost impossible to recover any data from it. If you open the case, and use a sheet of A4 paper rolled into long tube about 25mm diameter, you can then put one end to your ear and use the other end to locate the source of the noise.
A good quality 80G hard drive costs about £30 click here, and the manufacturer of most hard drives will have a downloadable utility to enable you to transfer all the programs and data from you old (and hopefully still working) drive to the new one.