Hard Drive On Last Leg?

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Hello All,

I have a feeling my hard drive is on its last leg.  When I turn it on,
it makes a VERY loud grinding noise.  I could be wrong, but it
certainly doesn't sound like it's too happy!  It is almost two years
old and is a Dell XPS 400.  (Not sure if that info is needed)

I have backed up everything on an external hard drive.  The problem I
am having is, when and if the HD does crash, is it possible to just
slap a new internal HD in my computer?

I realize that I will have to have an OS on it.  My computer did not
come with any recovery CD's.  I followed Dells' "recovery" process....
1) Go to the Start menu 2) All Programs 3) Dell Accessories 4)
Recovery.  Problem is, there is no #4 option in my start menu.

I called Dell and I am not joking when the tech said to me "It should
be there"  I purchased the computer via the Dell website and not
through a retailer.  After a long discussion (1.5 hours) the tech's
final response was "I'm not sure what happened, but it should be
there.  I am not sure where it is"  I told him that this was the very
first time I had tried to do a recovery and where could "it" have
gone.  No answer.

They are refusing to send me any recovery CD's and obviously I don't
have an XP disc lying around.  Is there anything I can do?  I am VERY
frustrated right now.

Thanks so much for any help.

Re: Hard Drive On Last Leg?

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Which one is the CPU fan?  Sorry, I know, bad question, but I am just
learning about computers.  I cloned and put in a new hard drive.  This
morning, the noise at the start up was there.  It sounded like it was
rev-ving up or something.  Now nothing.  However, yesterday it was a
constant loud noise.

Much thanks!

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