Hi all, my daughter is running a dual boot of W98se and XP home, she has heard 'clicking' noises from inside the tower and cannot boot either OS, as it just keeps going around and around and only gets the 'welcome' screen for her to select which OS she wants, she can't even start it in 'safe mode' so she can't back up anything, I have told her it sounds as if the HD has packed up. Is there anything else she could try before putting it out to pasture as it is getting a little old now. Thanks P.
simple solution if you know how - get cloning software and a usb/sata/ide adaptor kit. take an image of the drive before it fails onto another PC system - then you can re-image onto a new drive and hey prest old system returns... it does sound like the drive mechanism is failing and this is not a good sign - acting quickly can save data - or if no backup in place then expensive data recovery is the only option. after the horse has bolted :-(
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