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Hey guys, about a year ago i bought a second hand computer off a guy from craigslist because i didn't know how to build a PC.

Now i've replaced everything except the harddrive but its really starting to get on my nerves. Its an old IDE drive and it holds about 250Gb of data. It was working okay when i bought it but it started making some cracking noises whenever its "Busy". Like when loading up the OS and stuff. I've recently made my PC very quiet and it still stays cool and this brings up the harddrive issue.

Its is the loudest thing in my My PC, the Gtx570 which usually runs at 40% fan speed idle and 55 load is virtually silent. My cooler Master Hyper 212 has impressed me with its "optimal" speed silence and all my case fans are running on low. So in all everything is very nice and quiet EXCEPT this HDD.

Okay is there any way to fix this without erasing all my Data? or do i have to buy a new HDD. If i do buy a new hard-drive its going to be a Spin-point F3, how do these run?
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f3's are awesome stuff and you'll likely need to clone the drive or burn an iso image and transfer it all over or get a new os and just transfer the stuff you want from the old drive over
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Originally Posted by obsidian86 View Post
f3's are awesome stuff and you'll likely need to clone the drive or burn an iso image and transfer it all over or get a new os and just transfer the stuff you want from the old drive over
Awesome,

Edit: Damn, just checked NCIX (the store where i do all my Hardware shopping) and they don't sell any Samsung drives

What would be another good Manufacturer to buy from?

http://ncix.com/products/?minorcatid=109&po=0&ps=1

These are the Manufacturers they list (the numbers are the different models/Configurations/Space they offer

Lenovo(7) | Apricorn Inc.,(1) | Western Digital WD(45) | Seagate(37) | IBM - X Series Servers(1) | Addonics(1) | Startech.com Ltd(1) | SuperMicro(3) | Lacie(8) | HP Commerical(6) | Hewlett Packard(19) | IBM(21) | NCIXPC(1) | Hitachi(10)
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I think it's just the result of the hard drive getting old. How old would you guess that hard drive is?
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If it's starting to click a lot while doing stuff, back up your data while you can and buy a new drive.
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I think it's just the result of the hard drive getting old. How old would you guess that hard drive is?
He probably bought it around 2006 or 2007. The system came with a Core2duo Conroe which launched around that time i think.

EDIT:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144235

Yep, its a 2006 Drive. And its SATA apparently.
Edited by th3illusiveman - 2/19/11 at 5:00pm
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Samsung, Hitiachi, or Western Digital would be my choices. Avoid Seagate, Maxtor, Fujitsu, and Toshiba hard drives.

And yes, you need to replace it as soon as possible. If it's making a lot of noise it's going to fail sooner than you expect. I wouldn't wait more than a week or so to get the new on in place.
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My wd 1tb churns constantly lol live and let live
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