hard drive weird noise during boot ...time for an update?!
I've an 80 GB ATA hard drive that is less than 6 months old. When I boot my PC, the hd makes a weird sound (like choking, I know it's the hd because the red led is on... like when the hard drive is under hard work).
The only temporal solution is to turn off, wait, and turn on again the PC. Usually after one or two off/on processes the PC boots as usual and, noise stop and performance is as expected. A couple of days ago I've to repeat the off/on process more than I will like. I've everything backed up in dvds...
Aren't there any utilities to diagnose common problems with hard drives? How to know when is time to change the hard drive?