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    hard drive squeaks
    The internal hard drive (500 gigs) that came with my new computer "squeaks". Should I be worried? It hasn't lost data or quit on me yet, but I don't like noises I am not expecting out of my hardware. The big hard drive was one of the ways I rationalized getting the computer

    I already have 400 gigs of data on it, it's all backed up, but still...

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    New PCs do that. In a way, the data is settling down on the new hard drive. It's like they are making love and the "squeaks" are "moans". It should be over when the data is done.

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    Actually its not just new hard drives that do that, all hard drives do that you just notice it more now because of the amount of data and how fast and larger the disc are.

    Squeeks are ok clicking is not ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    Actually its not just new hard drives that do that, all hard drives do that you just notice it more now because of the amount of data and how fast and larger the disc are.

    Squeeks are ok clicking is not ok
    Yeah, I know clicking means impending death Been there done that enough times.

    Squeaking is new to me. Never had one do that before.

    Was considering freezing it just to make sure everything was "in place"

    Thanks for the reassurance. So I should fill the bad boy up and then back some of the data off? I am actually taking some of the data off now and moving it back to an external.
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    "hard drive failure imminent - back up your data now."

    problem is it won't boot so I can back it up.

    Pulling it out of the computer now to pop it in the freezer for a few hours.

    I'm not happy.... the drive/computer is less than 3 months old.
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    Did you try some WD-40?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
    Did you try some WD-40?
    Or earplugs.

    Or just like in the car, loud music solves all funny noises.

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    WD-40? Nah. If it's squeaking I'd give it some hamster chow. Should fix it right up!

    But seriously Deb, if it's only a few months old it should be under warranty. If you put it in the freezer that might void the warranty so I'd check the warranty papers first.

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    How will they know if I froze it?

    At this point I can't even get at it to freeze it, the hard drive is buried behind a casing that has requires some weird screwdriver head that I have never seen. I'll make the phone call, but I am sure the answer will be "pack it up and send it to us" and I want to try and get my data first.

    And very funny boys, very funny I think it was the loud music that caused it to finally crash. It played Arvil one too many times, lol.

    I was actually looking at video I took at last night's HalloweenMart party, which is now in the land of bye-bye if I can't get it to reboot. I had just transfered the photos and video, hadn't burned it to cd yet.
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    Ouch! Squeaking? Your hard drive thinks it's a.......mouse
    (sorry, I know it ain't funny)

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    They might notice the discoloration of the metal from the condensation. I'm sure they've seen it before and know what it means. Or it could grow mold en route to the repair center. Ya never know about these things.

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    If it's under warranty all they would do anyway is replace it. Loxly is more concerned about the data loss I would think.

    Under the circumstances I think they should be sympathetic to it being frozen in an attempt to save the data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VampireSkunk
    If it's under warranty all they would do anyway is replace it. Loxly is more concerned about the data loss I would think.

    Under the circumstances I think they should be sympathetic to it being frozen in an attempt to save the data.
    Exactly. The data is priceless, the hardware is inexpensive. I already bought a new drive today.
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    Putting computer parts in the freezer????

    Who tells her this stuff???

    Glad I'm low tech!!!

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    A touch of muratic acid should do the trick....it won't squeak anymore, promise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Exactly. The data is priceless, the hardware is inexpensive. I already bought a new drive today.
    Loxly you may want to have a local tech look at it first and try to recover your data. If it's covered under warranty the manufacturer will likely only replace the unit and will make no attempt to recover the data even if you request it.

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    My hardware skills are a bit rusty. Just checked with some pals and they say:
    1) if you can get access to the drive and cabling - try connecting your new drive as master and attach the old one as slave - this might enable you to copy the data over. (You probably need to set the jumpers at the rear of the drives).
    2) if not, try freezing it. Put it in an air-tight freezer bag and freeze it over night. Take it out, leave it to thaw, reconnect it.
    3) if all else fails, a sharp tap on a hard surface might free it.
    4) the weird screws might need a star drive. Sometimes the hard drives are on a slider so you don't necessarily have to remove any screws.

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    They aren't stars or allyn wrenches.

    I know about tapping and freezing, I successfully freeze and recover drives frequently Too frequently.

    I can't access the drive... yet. When I can I will try attaching it to a different computer just to get the data off without booting the operating system.

    But thanks! At least I know people care
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    Not to be defeated by a piece of hardware, got the front cover off and got the drive out. It's getting the freeze treatment now. But since it wasn't doing the usual clicking before dying, I am a bit skeptical that freezing will work in this case. But gotta try!

    Threatening it with a hammer seemed to make it willing to cooperate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Bay
    New PCs do that. In a way, the data is settling down on the new hard drive. It's like they are making love and the "squeaks" are "moans". It should be over when the data is done.
    I don't know, this sounds like it could lead to the hard drive becoming a floppy drive once the "settling" process is complete. OR, worse yet, it may result in an unplanned expansion of data and then you have all kinds of little data bits running all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Kay
    Putting computer parts in the freezer????Who tells her this stuff??? Glad I'm low tech!!!
    Yeah, sounds more like a hard drive sperm bank to me William K.
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    Downloaded SpinRite.

    Drive is in the freezer for a time out already, so will run SpinRite in a couple hours.

    Alan, well, no comment, lol.
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