Mark Blunden wrote:
>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
Just about zero except by a specialist company at vast expense. The
mechanism is at fault. IBM Deskstars of that period became notorious.
My personal preference in drives is Maxtor; Seagate also good