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Dave Taylor
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 5:18 am:   

Every time i boot up, my computer only rarely does it successfuly, when it does boot up ok. I keep hearing these clunking noises coming from my tower! and as these clunking noises happen my computer keeps freezing, then when it clunks again it un-freezes. These clunkin sound very un-healthy and are quite loud and even happen as the computer is booting up! Plus i get a lot of these error messages -

"Disc Error.
Unable to write to drive C
may have lost info or data.
Press and key to continue."

Is this a problem with my hard drive? or is it another hardware problem?

Can someone please tell me what is happening!
v (Vera)
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 10:40 am:   

Open the tower, boot up and pinpoint the source of the noise. It does sound as though you'll be needing another harddrive. Hope it's under warrenty.
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:41 pm:   

ibm has a downloadable disk check utility on their tech support site. you can run the file to a floppy, and then reboot under that floppy, it will check the drive and give you a diagnosis of whatever harddrive you pick. it can also try to write 0's to the drive in order to recover it. only thing is, if it's that bad, you'll have to re-install your operating system from scratch if it does.

it works for most drives, by the way, manufacturer wise.
Dave Taylor
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 3:01 am:   

Thanks for that, I took it down to my local independant computer shop. And they found the problem and are putting in a new hard drive.
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 7:10 pm:   

what was wrong with it?

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