★ Goodbye Hard Drive

i started up my computer this morning. normal POST, both hard drives spinning up, type in my password. as soon as the hard drives reach maximum rotational speed, i hear a loud, constant grinding. my reaction was calm. my secondary drive, my original hard drive, was reaching the end of its life. i knew IBMs were notorious for their failure rate, so it did not surprise me. so i shut down my computer as fast as i could. i started it back up...normal sounds. a sigh of relief. ill see how long before it starts making noises again. its one of the few remaining components from the original configuration of my computer. to throw it away would be a waste as it serves as the backup drive for my entire mp3 collection. *crossing my fingers*...