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Computer won't load

Heya,

I don't know if this is all connected but here goes. My laptop started gradually slowing down and making really bad noises from inside. It was a random combination of loud whirring, beeps and an inconsistent but pretty loud clicking sound that came I think the hard drive (definitely was the wrong side to be the dvd port.

When this started getting bad, I removed everything onto an external harddrive to free up some memory but this didn't speed it up. Over a few months, the noises stopped but it continued to get more sluggish and became more and more prone to freezing on me.

Recently, when it had become ridiculously slow and unreliable, the noises started up again. Then yesterday, it froze on me. I turned it off, left it for ten and turned it on again. Before it gets anywhere near windows, I get a message set against a blue background which says

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage tp your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Disable or uninstall any anti-virus, disk defragmentation or backup utilities. Check your harddrive configuration, and check for any updated drivers. Run CHKDSK/F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical Information: *** STOP: 0X00000024 (0X00190203, 0X823D57A8, 0XC0000102, 0X00000000)"

I can't do any of these actions though because I can't get anywhere near as far as windows without this message popping up just after I've pressed the on button. Basically I'm guessing this is pretty serious, guess I just need to know whether its fixable and if so, whether I want to have it fixed or whether it would make more sense just to invest in a new computer?

Thanks a lot and sorry for the essay!

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It sounds like bad hard drive to me, when you started hearing noises you should have been backing up stuff on to anther drive, anyways replace the drive and boot from your windows cd and life should be good again. after you have everything working you can try to add the hard drive to the secondary and see if you can recover any files.

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