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  1.    #1  
    Hi all,

    I know this is a cellphone forum, but I also know that many of us have had experience with failing hard drives.

    Our laptop (Gateway running Vista) is making a sound which is apparently caused by bad bearings. It's only been making it since yesterday, and only when booting/coming out of hibernation.

    I was hoping someone could give me a guess as to how long we might have before it stops working all together.

    Thank you!
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    Soon, most likely. Hard drives making horrible sounds is always a sign of mechanical failure. I'd try to make a backup of the drive ASAP.
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    Today is World Backup Day

    Today is a good day to start backing up your data and ordering a new drive...

    Friends help Friends Backup their Drive

    -- Sent from my Palm Pre using Forums
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    How appropriate! :P

    Thank you both for your suggestion. We started a backup.
  5. jeffmcc's Avatar
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    switch to SSD man.

    NOT "HP webOS"!!!
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    I would suggest purchasing an external HD (they are inexpensive now) and use it back up your files regularly. I have one on my computer for this purpose after losing nearly everything once to an HD failure. Definitely worth the few bucks.
  7. groovy's Avatar
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    You should keep one backup of your important files at home and another off-site.

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