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    PC hard drive problem

    The hard drive in my pc has started to make a squealing noise or some dodgy sound doesn't sound good anyway. The only problem is I have no idea what type of hard drive it takes IDE or SATA I bought it about 6 - 7 years ago so I'm thinking more likely IDE, anyway I can find out? Is it best just to open it up and have a look?

    Anyone know the best way to do a backup too?

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    Contol Panel, Device Manager, Disks then right click for Properties

    Right Click on My Computer, Properties, Hardware, Device Manager, click on Disk Drives, Details.

    Or

    Start, Run and paste / type this in devmgmt.msc

    6-7 years is mostly likely IDE, SATA only started becoming popular about 5 years ago.
    You can check by using the Device Manager, or to confirm (seeing as you'll be opening it up to replace the drive):
    IDE
    http://www.gshop.com.au/images/ide_133_cable.jpg

    SATA
    http://www.dakltd.co.uk/catalog/images/sata.jpg

    As for backing up, have a look at ]this

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the replys left you all Rep, the IDE cable looks familiar. It would probably be better for me to just buy a new PC but I'll wait till after Christmas to do that.

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    Thanks for all the replys left you all Rep, the IDE cable looks familiar. … Thanks for all the replys left you all Rep, the IDE cable looks familiar. It would probably be better for me to just buy a new PC but I'll wait till after Christmas to do that.



    If your hard drive is making those noises you don't have till christmas

    Best choice for backup is an external USB drive
    blahdvd.com/Hw/…htm

    Original Poster

    I've got a 1TB external USB drive so I'll be backing up the main things holiday snaps, music etc. Might try the program MrBrightside mentioned if its easy to restore everything.

    As has been said better safe than sorry. If you have no backup like a hard disk or dvd's then backup online. Adrive.com basic gives you 50gb free storage.:thumbsup:
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