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Old 12-17-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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Bought a laptop in August, now I can hear a faint hard drive ticking when loading. I don't know if this happened before, but it used to be quite silent. Its not clicking or very loud, but I only hear this kind of noise in older computer/hard drives. Should I be worried about failure?

I can't really use check disk software b/c im running ubuntu.

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Old 12-17-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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Try booting up from a UBCD4WIN CD. It's basically a stripped down XP with a bunch of utilities and stuff that runs from the CD. You can run chkdsk that way...
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It should have HDtune pre-installed. I think I've used UBCD once before.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:37 PM   #4
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Yeah, it does. Among other things...
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Try booting up from a UBCD4WIN CD. It's basically a stripped down XP with a bunch of utilities and stuff that runs from the CD. You can run chkdsk that way...
I think you have to have windows to use it...cuz it boots up from the files on the HDD doesn't it? I could be COMPLETELY wrong, but I thought that was how it worked. This is just hearsay.

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It should have HDtune pre-installed. I think I've used UBCD once before.
I have used both the normal UBCD and UBCD4WIN and for simple things like a diagnostic, I recommend the normal UBCD. It's easier to work with when dealing with testing HDDs and memory. If I'm trying to remove a real nasty virus and need something to boot into, then I'll occasionally use 4WIN. Sometimes simpler is better.
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