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I made mention of the fact that I think my hard drive is damaged in another thread, and was asked if I was certain that it was damaged and not that my XP software was damaged instead.

I've been sitting here and thinking, and to be honest I'm not sure.

I'm not a computer idiot, but I'm far from savvy.

Here's what it does when I try to start it up:

Windows XP screen comes up, with the little progress bar thing that scrolls side to side. The disc spins but it doesn't sound right and doesn't seem to be spinning smoothly. It's kind of choppy sounding. It does this for a minute or so, and then I get Blue Screen of Death featuring the message "Volume not mountable" or the like.

I've considered reformatting, but if it's a damaged drive I don't think that will do much good. Also, I've attempted to reformat hard drives in the past using the recovery disc that comes with the computer and both times it's not worked. The last time it apparently damaged the drive somehow (or so I was told by the Tech Support people from Toshiba on the phone) and I had to send it in. Luckily it was under warranty and it cost me nothing.

Anyway, I'm tangenting-

Does what I describe above sound like a damaged drive or damaged XP software? Can anyone help?
 

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Well, here's the update.

First- thanks to each of you for replying. I appreciate the time and effort involved.


I ended up biting the bullet and do reformatting. It seems to have worked, which leads to the conclusion that it wasn't a damaged hard drive. I tried doing the repair install that ~Wonder mentioned but for whatever reason it was nothing doing. THe reformat/recovery disk put me back on XP Home and I just re-upgraded to XP Pro. Now I'm doing the "fun" part and downloading the 3 zillion updates from Microsoft. Good news is that my internal wireless modem is working again and the hard drive is no longer making the noises it was.

Now it's making some sort of weird bird-like chirpy noises.


Either way, it seems better so far.

I'm also in the process of doing the same to my roommate's previously derelict tower system. Nothing more thrilling than watching updates install!! :p

Anyway, thanks for all the tips and offers for help.
 

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Originally Posted by MissGarbo View Post

If your hard drive is making spinning noises, I put my money on dying hardware. From experience. Back up your data asap and get a new drive.
MissGarbo, I wish I'd seen this post about 8 hours sooner.

So, as I mentioned, the drive was making an odd noise. I was upgrading from XP Home to XP Pro, which was taking an inadvertently long time. It got down to 3 minutes remaining and it just stayed there. And kept running and running. And it stayed there. And made weird bird noises. Then, after a while the screen went black and it looked as if it were restarting.

Right as the Windows logo appeared the machine emitted the most horrid groaning, grinding noise I've ever heard come out of a piece of electronics.

It appears it has finally thrown in the towel. Won't start up. Can't re-re-format. Nothing.


Good news: I did get the other system upgraded and it's running great.

Sooo, looks like I'll be shopping for a new hard drive for my laptop.

Good call, MissGarbo.
 
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