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> is getting heated
Normal for any spinning device.
> sometime creating noise
Normal when the R/W mechanism moves (like the arm on a DJ's turntable) to read from "random" locations on the disk-drive. In general, "defragmenting" a disk-drive tends to reduce the noise, because the R/W mechanism moves less distance.
> not detected ... when tried several times ... 20 GB
Any 20 GB disk-drive is "out-of-warranty" -- like a bald car-tire, it should have been replaced before it totally "blew".
Does it actually get detected, after a few attempts? If so, then "backup" your files (write to CD/DVD recordable media, or write to USB memory-stick) before it totally "dies". Then, buy a new disk-drive, install Windows onto it, and then reconnect the "old" disk-drive as a "slave" disk-drive.
Copy all your files from the "old" disk to the "new" disk.
Posted on Oct 24, 2010
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