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 low
grinding noises - "grn-grn-grn-grn....grn-grn-grn-grn". It's an IBM Deskstar
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 there
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 fault is
something that can be repaired fairly cheaply? (I'm not really holding out
Also, are there any models or manufacturers I should particularly avoid when
buying a replacement drive?
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