> "Mark Blunden" <mark@NOSPAMmarkdb.fsnet.co.uk> wrote in message
>> My PC was working just fine up until I shut it down yesterday morning. In
>> the evening when I switched it on, my C: drive would do nothing but emit
>> grinding noises - "grn-grn-grn-grn....grn-grn-grn-grn". It's an IBM
>> 60GB model, a standard ATA/IDE drive, probably about 3-4 years old now.
>> There's nothing absolutely essential on it that wasn't backed up, but
>> are some files - recent e-mails, mostly - that I'd like to recover if
>> it's possible without spending a fortune. What are the chances that the
>> something that can be repaired fairly cheaply? (I'm not really holding
>> out much hope).
>> Also, are there any models or manufacturers I should particularly avoid
>> buying a replacement drive?
An IBM hard drive I have had for 2 years died 2 months ago. The noises went
away and retruned sporadically. Sometimes the drive would not start for
entire days although I tried every hour or so. So my point is: keep trying!
This went on for about 2 weeks before I put it away. It should still be
operable at times.
I bought another IBM (Hitachi?) hard drive despite the bad experience.