Weird 'Grind' Noise During Loading?

  Jim Capo 20:04 21 Nov 2004

For the last few months on and off, my PC (Which is a 2 year old HP Pavilion) makes an odd scratching / grinding noise whenever I do something which means the PC needs to load. For example if I open MS Word, during the few seconds it takes for the application to open the noise happens. I'm not an expert on the technical side of PC's but I suspect its something to do with the Hard Drive...

  Alex-188000 20:06 21 Nov 2004

You probaly guessed wright. The noise COULD be your hard drive. Have you knocked or damaged the hard drive recently?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:09 21 Nov 2004

Some hard drives are noisier than others.

If this is a new noise then back up your data immediately and be prepared for the drive to fail soon.

  JIM 20:14 21 Nov 2004

Do a scandisk if win98, or a check local disk,if your system is winxp to see if you have any bad sectors first.A scratching / grinding noise is not good news so do some backing up of what you require just incase.

  Jim Capo 20:14 21 Nov 2004

It's a 'new' noise...IE isnt something that happened during the first year of using the I do think it's just general wear and tear, as nothing dramatic has happened to the hard drive. My only concern is that its about 2 years old, and I wonder is that a good innings for a hard drive, or does it vary from PC to PC?

  woodchip 20:21 21 Nov 2004

How long since you defraged the Drive

  Jim Capo 20:27 21 Nov 2004

I'd say its been a good few months...only done it once or twice since I've had the pc...I havent really ever known what this function actually does.

  woodchip 20:37 21 Nov 2004

If I was you try Defrag your drive

  Jim Capo 20:52 21 Nov 2004

Thanks for your help fellas

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