Hard drive squealling on a dell. Causes?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 600 and what I believe to be the hard drive is squealling every minute or so. Bad hard drive or something I can do? I am formating the drive again and installing a fresh copy of XP on it just for giggles, but it is screaming at me while I'm installing that. Probably time for a new drive?
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Open up the case and see if you can verify that it's the hard drive making the noise. If it is, then yeah, it's probably time to start ordering a replacement. Is the computer still under warranty?
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Not under warranty. How would I verify that it is the HD? I know how to take out the HD and all that jazz, but how to verify?

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You don't have to take anything out, just open up the case and see if you can pick out exactly where the noise is coming from. It could just be a fan.
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Cool, I'll give it a try and see
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PS If it is the fan, then what?
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Get a new one. You should be able to enter your model number on Dell's support website and it will list all of the parts in your machine.

I had a fan die on my old Dell Dimension a few years ago. It was way past warranty, but I was able to pick up a fan on eBay for about $4.
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Because Dude, it's a Dell.

It's most likely and fan or the CDROM is spinning up.

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