I have a dell inspiron 1100 laptop. Yesterday, all of a sudden it wouldn't boot up after I shut it down. It would get stuck at the bios screen, and the hard drive would start making a squeaky noise, and then it gives the dell notice that the "system could not recognize the device in the modular bay" After a lot of tries to boot it.. it finally went in to windows.
Is the squeaky hdd a sign of hard disk failure, or imminent failure. Because after it started booting normally, the noise stopped.
UPDATE: I later ran dell's pre-boot diagnostic tests... while they said my hdd is fine.. apparently you guys think it's on the way out.. and i agree wholeheartedly with you all... I was surprised though, to find that the memory test also failed, saying "Memory Integrity Test Failed"
could this be having an effect of the computer not booting?
no, it did not.. but it's not a totally intermittent thing either.. like when this starts happening, i will have to reboot like 20 times to 30 times in order to access the boot screen.. but then it's fine.. for some time
i also expected it to be a steady error. I had to reboot at least 50 times last night till it finally got to the boot screen. Then today, it did the same thing, although i was lucky enough to only have to boot 10 times or so