Having problems with your Dell Dimension E521 PC Desktop ?

Roaring to a grinding like sound coming from hard drive.

\015 I have a roaring to grinding like noise coming from the hard drive.\015

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Make sure you have backups of your data, and if you don't, and it's functioning, make them now. This is a sound of imminent failure. See link here., here, and here. or here.
\015\012If you google hard drive failure and hard drive recovery, you'll find a plethora of links with possible solutions to recover lost data and resuscitate failed drives. Some people seem to have luck recovering info from failed drives by using a hard drive usb caddy, such as described here.
\015\012It's a simple enough matter to replace the drive and reinstall your OS, and you'll be able to download all the drivers you need for your hardware to function from dell if you no longer have the cds, but your data is another issue entirely.
\015\012I hope you have backups, and if you don't, you are able to make them now. In any case, good luck.
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What are you calling the "hard drive":\015\012\015\012* everything inside the case (including fans & motherboard & disk-drive & CD/DVD drive), or,\015\012\015\012* just the "hard" (not "floppy") disk drive inside the case;\015\012\015\012???\015\012\015\012Your problem could be either:\015\012\015\012* overheating (if it is 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the room where the computer is, it's probably 110 degrees inside the computer), causing the fans to automatically run at "full" speed, to try to reduce the temperature;\015\012\015\012* dirt inside one of the fans (typically, a computer has 2 or 3 fans) causing "grinding" noises as the fan-blade try to spin.\015\012\015\012Shutdown your computer, disconnect all the cables, and take the computer to a qualified technician.
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