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Sudden black screen and hard drive making buzzing sound

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I was chilling playing a game and suddenly, black screen. I could hear the game sound looping, my monitor said that there's no signal. But the video kept "coming back", not totallly but there was signal on a black screen and then there wasn't signal. I restarted the PC and it was normal. When I take off my headphones I can hear a hard scratching/buzzing sound I think is from my hard drive.

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Nasty noises from a a mechanical hard drive are usually bad.  Is there anything important and unreplacable on that drive?  Is there any other storage you can back up the drive data to?


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Doubt it the hard drive. Typically when you hear grinding or scratching sounds, the drive is toast sans professional data recovery services.

 

Based on the symptoms you've described so far without listing what type of PC hardware you have, I'm going on an educated guess that your video card fan is going out and causing it to overheat momentarily, thus intermittently dropping signal to the monitor.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
34 minutes ago, StDragon said:

Doubt it the hard drive. Typically when you hear grinding or scratching sounds, the drive is toast sans professional data recovery services.

 

Based on the symptoms you've described so far without listing what type of PC hardware you have, I'm going on an educated guess that your video card fan is going out and causing it to overheat momentarily, thus intermittently dropping signal to the monitor.

Sorry, I was freaking out ans didn't even write down the specs.

I dont have a graphics card, just an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G with a fan.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
40 minutes ago, Bombastinator said:

Nasty noises from a a mechanical hard drive are usually bad.  Is there anything important and unreplacable on that drive?  Is there any other storage you can back up the drive data to?

I only have a 5400 RPM 250 GB hdd from my old laptop but I have no way to backup anything to it.

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13 minutes ago, Cactws said:

I only have a 5400 RPM 250 GB hdd from my old laptop but I have no way to backup anything to it.

Ouch.  There is hope.  Hard drives have a habit of dying slowly.  Sometimes it take years.  Running some hard drive diagnostic software might not be a bad idea.  Might want to think about getting a replacement in eventually though.  I don’t know that the drive is on the way out but it’s not impossible.

 

@StDragon‘s comment about fans is a good one.  It might not be the hard drive.  2400g’s come with a wraith stealth I believe which has a single bearing fan.  They tend to be not terribly quiet and not live a terribly long time.  If that’s the only fan it might be that.


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