On 02/25/2011 12:34 PM, Kristopher Gamrat wrote: > Hi guys, > My hard disk seems to have failed, it started making random loud > noises and is now refusing to boot. I am currently booted off a Live > CD and chatting with an HP tech. Hopefully we can get the new hardware > in quickly so I can continue with TDE and my other Linux projects. > Good luck Kristopher. With 2.5 & 3.5 inch drives so cheap these days, It always pays to have a backup sitting in your desk drawer. Hope you get it going soon. One word of caution -- If you think it is a drive issue, then don't run that drive any more than possible. I have had most success in this area by just removing the drive when I get the first indication of failure. I install a new drive, then I use a USB -> IDE/SATA adapter to start the old drive and copy the data to the new box. The USB adapter runs ~ $14, provides its own power supply and has 2.5 and 3.5 inch IDE data connectors as well as SATA. The adapter provides ~ 33 MB/s (2G/min) 'actual' throughput and can be real a life saver. Not to mention, it allow you to use any old hard drive as a 'zip drive' -- David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.