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A Hard Drive Crash is Only a Click Away

Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope your new year is going well. Mine is off to a running start. I just had to deal with a potential hard drive/computer crash. It didn’t happen, thank God, but it could of.

Last week I heard a clicking noise in my computer and it wouldn’t shut down correctly. This clicking sound is usually associated with the read/write heads of your hard drive. I was right and I scared myself into purchasing a new Seagate 250GB hard drive. I chose Seagate because it is not a Maxtor, the clicking drive, or a Western Digital, which failed on me twice. Seagate also offers a 5 year warranty and by the time 5 years is up, I’ll have to get another drive anyway.


I spent most of my week and weekend preparing for the reinstall of all my files, operating system and applications. Good thing I prepared because the install went without a hitch.

The reason why I’m telling you this story is:

  1. If you hear a clicking sound in your computer immediately get a new hard drive, no questions asked. It only cost me $100 for 250GB of space. That’s less than $.50 a gig.
  2. Maximum PC, a magazine I subscribe to religiously, helped me out immensely. Usually each issue has some kind of “How To” article or review on the latest components. The “How To” articles that came in handy for me were: “Upgrade Your Hard Drive, Step by Step”, “Slipstreaming Windows XP” and “Installing WinXP – The Right Way”.

Check out a copy of Maximum PC today. Heak, get a subscription; it’s only $12.00 a year. You’ll be glad you did.

Mike Swartz says, “Check ’em out.”

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Hello. I have installed a second hard drive to my computer running Windows Me. I have set the drives to Auto in Bios and I can see it in Device Manager but it does not have a letter designated to it. It also does not show up in my computer. I have read that I may need to format the drive, bt I can’t find were to do this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  2. Bob,

    Click the Start button, right-click My Computer and left-click Manage. Click on Disk Management under Storage. You should see your drive and be able to format it as well.

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