I'm new here; this is my first post.
I installed Carbonite on a three-and-half year old Dell desktop in September. I noticed that when Carbonite accessed the hard drive to upload data, the hard drive made an initial grinding noise. Since I had heard that same noise when other programs began, such as antivirus scans, I didn't think anything of it.
About a month ago, the desktop's hard drive started making nearly constant grinding and squeaking noises, a sign of imminent hard drive failure. I am preparing to buy a new machine or get the hard drive replaced.
But I was wondering whether anyone else suffered hard drive failure after installing an online backup service like Carbonite? I am relieved to have Carbonite there to back up my files, especially if the computer is so close to "death." However, I was concerned about putting Carbonite or a similar program on the new desktop in case the "strain" of uploading so much information has a tendency to hasten hard drive failure. I've never had a Dell hard drive fail after a mere 3+ years.
On-line searches have not yielded any similar stories, but I was wondering whether anyone had any thoughts or a similar experience with an online backup causing noises culminating in hard drive distress.
Thanks for your time.