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Internal Hard Drive noise

The L100 started making strange noises recently. It is difficult to describe. At first, it seemed like a noise only a speaker could produce (like when cell phone activity causes interference) and it is also a bit like varying high-pitched mechanical noises. Once the noise started when the computer booted up and went away on its own a while after getting into vista. Now it is constant and the computer is running slowly. Is it time to back everything up and replace the hard drive?

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  • jonhNZ Sep 12, 2008

    my L100 squeals like that some times when it starts up, then stops... reading the suggestion that it's the hard drive complaining, I'm thinking spinrite might help?

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It only means that your hard drive is experiencing bad sectors and it might become a mechanical problem which eventually the device should be replaced once the hard drive cannot be read or detected anymore. there is no solution to it.. all you have to do is wait.

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