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May 4, 2008, 8:18 pm
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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?
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.
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