It started out with me noticing the small blue light that represents my harddrives activity. It was/is flashing on at a consistent rate of roughly once a second. So lastnight I performed a chkdsk and it turnedup with nothing. So today it seems to be starting a new symptom. You know how busy the hard drive gets upon start up, lots of noise, almost sounds like popcorn popping.
Any how it started doing this out of nowhere, i had no major programs open ( one 1 page of Internet explorer) which had no video or anything like that. I even tried disabling my antivirus for a brief time, but it still happened.
Im starting to fear my drive is on its way out, and its roughly 3 years old, so i doubt i have any warranty left. So my question is before i got plunk down the change to get a new one. Is there any ideas left out there to try?
Which OS and anti-virus are you using..? Is your drive SATA or PATA..? A constant hard drive led blink is seldom a problem.. But the high noise issue on boot up do indicate a probable failing drive.. Disable unnecessary startup programs and check again..