I've had this laptop about two weeks - I just noticed that it I can hear the hard drive grinding when it boots and sometimes when I install or uninstall usb devices... I don't remember hearing this when I first purchased it nor do I hear it on other laptops. This morning it froze and I have no idea why - had to hold the power button to shut it down and bring it back up in safe mode. Should I worry about this machine? I still have time to return it if necessary.
Well, alarm can be performed after you've made a bb-scan by MHDD. It shows amount of bb (Bad Blocks) on your HDD. I don't know whether bb go under warranty, you'd check support for that. Anyway, if found any, backup your data - crash might be knockign at your door. And by the way - what do you mean under "grinding"? t may be just a routine SWAP-file/registry/system-dll reads/writes during work. In that case you might need some defragmentation.
I think maybe the "grinding" sound is normal and I hadn't noticed it previusly but my other laptops do not do this, but my concern is that once again upon "awakening" from sleep mode - it came up and appeared to be ok... except I knew the temp gadget was not correct which meant it had not update recently... after it was up a few seconds it went out again and came back with the error that it had not shut down correctly (I didn't touch anything) and gave options to reboot in safe mode etc but highlighted was "start up normally" - I was trying to decide what to do when it decided to do it for me... it restarted itself and seemed to come up ok but this is really scaring me - I still have time to send it back if I have a lemon. Do you think I should just return it and start over?
This is not normal behaviour. if it is software-dependent, you should reinstall all - OS/Drivers/Soft etc and check fi the problem gone. If not - it's sure a hardware and under-warranty case. You'll have it replaced or repaired. have you checked it by MHDD as I mentioned above?