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Old 12-19-2010, 02:51 AM   #16
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It sounds as if your hard drive is failing. I would make sure that everything is backed up, and buy another drive. Can you get another backup utility, or just copy all your user files to a new disk?

Does the Windows disk utility show you the SMART status of the drive? That might be useful. But in any case, I wouldn't hold out that you can fix this with software.

The ticking noise you describe sounds terminal.

And I wouldn't backup the system files. If the disk failure has caused corruption in your system files, then a backup will just pass on that file corruption to the new disk. Better to reinstall the OS afresh.
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