OK help me
One of my discs, my so called "mapping disc" (yes its called that) Has started to behave strangely, and Im afraid soon he will throw in the towel.
It started a couple of weeks ago when I came to the computer, ready to map, and XP didn't find the disc... i rebooted the PC, no disc.. all my mapping files are on this disc (around 20.000 files in a folder) and Ive got a ton of resources there like sounds, textures etc etc.. so I opened mr.PC up, disconnected the IDE and power cables, plugged them in again, started mr.PC up again, and voila - disc returned.
But now the last few days, the disc is doing some fast clicking sound inside.. Ive heard about something called the "click of death" meaning the disc is about to, well go kaput. Anyone experienced this?? I dont know if to trust the disc and keep working, or back up all the stuff I have there, its 70GB of dev material for FH i dont want to lose it, but still, the disc is still working I dunno if it will work for 1month of 5 years longer...
I would start creating backups if I was you, but then again I'm a total computer noob... Still, better safe than sorry.
Clicking is not good. Start creating backups and prepare to get a replacement. It can run for months, or it could break down tomorrow.
If it's making internal noise, it's failing. Best suggestion I have is to plug another drive in and rescue what you can while you still have time. I've been computing since before computers had hard drives, and I lost count over 5 years ago at over 20 failed hard drives.... They don't last forever. They have a rated life span usually around 5 years. If you can get 5 years out of one and have the platters oxidize before the mechanics fail, count yourself lucky. I usually take a Hard Drive out of mission critical service after about 3 years if it doesn't fail before that. Now Hard drives are so cheap per mb, I usually buy raptures for my program drives and a couple 500+ gb for data. I make sure I have a life boat someplace on the 2nd drive or at least another drive on my network to be able to dump the data too in case I suspect a failure like what you are getting. Most of the time the drives just stop functioning and leave you with nothing but a few more gray hairs.
5 years? Good to know, I have to buy a new one very soon
backupbackupbackup! i cant say it enough
data isnt data if it isnt in 2 places :)
Buy another hard drive and let´s "Control C" "Control V" You will feel fine once it is done!
I didn't make it!
I have these clicking noises too, but i have 8 disks, how to find out wich one is about to fail before its to late?
WTF Do you have 8 discs for?!?! Are you running a company or something?! Anyways, just get yourself a backup utility and back everything up now and incrementaly before your next failure. You could also remove 1 drive at a time until the sound disappears, then you'll know.
Maybe your disc is about to do that thing in mythbusters where it spins so fast, it breaks and sends a bunch of tiny shards into your eyes.