I have a question about my friend's Sony VAIO VGN NR10e/S Laptop. She dropped it off her bed and the hard drive got buugered so Sony replaced it under the warrenty. However, now her laptop's OS screwed up and I had to re-install Windows Vista for her.
Now everything went fine until I ran Windows Update and The hard drive started making a funny noise, like, stop, read/write head moves a bit, stop, grind, stop, moves again, stop grind and so on. This caused windows update to fail updating properly and gave me A BSOD, forcing a restart. It had been updating fine all night until one particular update caused the HDD to start having a problem (I don't think it's the update's fault).
I did a test of the drive with Hitachi's Drive fitness test (cause It's a Hitachi 160GB 5400rpm SATA HDD in the machine) and it showed error code 0x73 excessive shock, but I don't think the drive is broken because it works and can install an OS, even linux, but that grinding still happens and the whole machine pauses because of it, but it is usable and the machine can sort of run normally for awhile befor it happens.
Will I need to really invest in a new drive, does anyone think it has been damaged during transit? My friend has been really careful with the notebook since she got it back from Sony and hasn't jolted it. Anyone's suggestions would be very welcome.
Sam The Bam