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    robottom
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    Default Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    I started turning the PC on, and the last several times it makes a strange groaning noise like it is struggling to start up? Was wondering if the Hard Drive has a problem? The PC is only a couple of months old.

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    johnboy
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    Have you done a defrag since you've had it if not do one now. Is it new and under warranty if so it might pay to take it to where you got it so they can check it out.
    hth

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    drb1
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    And back up all data to an allternative source if possible, before defragging.

    If its dying, save data before defrag, in case defrag kills it.

    D.

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    beama
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    backup then take back to the shop it should still be under warrenty

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    metla
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    I would concur with Drb1.

    Forget defraging it,infact i wouldnt even turn the comp on,that drive needs to come out and be slaved into anothor machine so you can make a copy of your personal files.

    Unless you dont have any or care about personal files.

    The end is near,Take action,

  6. #6
    PaulD
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    More likely to be a fan. Small fans on video cards or motherboards aren't very reliable.

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    Jen C
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    I agree with the possibility of it being a fan as well. If the fan is a bit sick, they can make grinding noises etc as they first spin up which then quietens down after full momentum is achieved.

    You should take the side of the case off and see if you can pin-point the source of the noise. Finding the source of a noise inside a case can be difficult, but you can make a listening funnel if the source isn't obvious. Put several sheets of A4 paper together, and then roll them on the long diagonal to make a long thin funnel and tape it in place. Turn the machine on and use the narrow end to put as close as you can near the suspected devices and plant your ear in the other end - make sure you don't accidently put the end of the funnel into a spinning fan. This looks strange but works.

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    Sb0h
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    I agree it is probably a fan. The bearings can make awful noises on startup but the noise disappears when they get warm. Check the CPU fan, power supply and any case fans. The good news is they are sheap to replace, although if your PC is only a couple of months old it should go back to the store for warranty service.

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    mark c
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    ...and if you open the case you'll most likely void the warranty. It's the least interesting option but I'd say take it back to the shop.

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    Murray P
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Making Loud Noise

    > ...and if you open the case you'll most likely void
    > the warranty. It's the least interesting option but
    > I'd say take it back to the shop.


    Yup, take it back, get them to back up your data. If the CPU fan, for eg, dies on you and consequently the CPU fries while your trying to diagnose the sound, the shop is likey to question what you where doing pocking around inside the case and whether the was the cause. Besides you still don't know for sure what it is.

    Cheers Murray P

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