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    May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    I think there is a problem with my hard drive, but I'm not sure. While the computer is running it is making a grinding noise as if I left a floppy disk in it but there is no floppy in the drives and no cd roms in their drives. I am more of a software person than a hardware person. Can anyone tell me if there is a program around that can test why the computer is making this noise so I don't have to send it out to be fixed. They charge $100.00 just to look at it before they fix it. I did a compress files, I defragmented the hard drive, I did a disk cleanup, I did a check disk, I removed all temp, temporary internet files, and cookies. I'm burnt out and fried because I can't figure this out. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    I have moved this post from the Windows XP forum to the Hardware forum, as it is clearly a hardware problem of some sort.

    The most common cause of this kind of noise is worn out fan bearings. They make a grinding sound for a while before the fan completely fails.

    The way I usually diagnose these is to open up the case, get a small piece of paper and carefully push it into the blades of the fans. The good fans will just push the paper each time they hit it, but the worn out fan will stop, or slow right down when you interfere with its free movement.

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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    Ok thanks I will do that. So if it is the fan, can it be replaced? If so, would you know the cost? <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    Most likely it is the noise of a wire touching a fan.

    Perform a physical cleanup: take a vacuum cleaner and a can of compressed air (Where can you buy a can of compressed air to blow dust off a computer fan?), disconnect your computer, remove it from your desk and open it carefully - it will be full of dust! Use your vacuum cleaner, but do not destroy any parts inside the computer! Then blow the power supply, fan, floppy drive (inside) and hard drives (outside). Carefully blow CPU from all sides, memory sticks, video card (if you have an additional fan on it, be especially careful!) and all other dust collectors on the motherboard. Then check all wires: they must be off the fans. Now you can connect power cord and turn your computer on for a moment (if it will be on longer, Windows will report "unsuccessful start") and listen to the noise. If you are lucky enough, the noise will be gone or you will see the source of the noise. After you finish, close the computer, put it back and connect all cables (I hope you didn't forget where they were connected, did you?)

    Good luck!

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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    Nancy,

    If the grinding noise is continual, then the fan or fans would be the first suspect.
    If the noise only starts when you see hard drive activity ( when the HD LED comes on ) Then I might suspect a worn bearing on the HD itself.

    Fans are usually easy to replace if they are case fans as opposed to CPU fans, which could be a little harder to replace but not terribly difficult. Case fans are cheap. CPU fans usually come with a heat sink and are a little more expensive but not a wallet buster.
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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    Hi there: Very funny thing happened. I did a hard drive cleanup, a registry cleanup, a check disk; then I removed programs in my computer that I didn't use. I cleaned the cookies and the history and now the grinding noise is gone, but I check the fan and see if I should replace it. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>

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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    Hi there: If you read my other post, after I did a software cleanup and removed programs from the computer that I no longer use, the noise stopped. BUT, I will do a physical clean up anyway. Thanks for the advice. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: May be hard drive problem (Windows XP Svc Pk 2)

    One possible explanation for the noise stopping is that the fan has now completely stopped. You should URGENTLY check that you are not running your system with a fan hat isn't working as this could result in components overheating and a much more expensive repair.

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