grinding hard drive

  ted bear 09:24 04 Jun 2004

hi - when i loaded my computer up this morning the hard drive started to make a grinding grating noise which stopped once my programes were loaded.
everything seems to be back to normal now. this also happened one day last week. is my hard drive on the way out? its a Maxtor 4D040H2 [Hard drive] (40.00 GB) is there anything i can do (apart from scrap it and buy another?)

  JayDay 09:28 04 Jun 2004

Are you sure it's the harddrive? I had a similar experience and it turned out to be the system fan. If you are sure it's the harddrive then backup your vital files and get a new one.

  Mister Splendid 09:30 04 Jun 2004

A grinding hard drive is a knackered hard drive. Back-up what you want to keep and replace the drive as soon as you can.

  ted bear 16:20 04 Jun 2004

iv tried loading twice since and no grinding noise - im just keeping my fingers crossed it will last till i get my new comp later this year

  computernerdiamnot 16:36 04 Jun 2004

I would still back up your files and programs you want as they say prevention is better than cure. :o))

  ted bear 17:04 04 Jun 2004

thanks computernerdiamnot - iv already backed everything up - what i dont understand is SMART says my hard drive is ok ?

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