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Slow Ticking noise.. cannot make recovery disk..

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about a month ago i started getting a message everytime i shut off my computer
( the instruction at 0x0000000 cannot terminate)...something like that....anyways last week my computer started making a ticking noise and getting very slow.
I tried making recovery disks but my computer says there isnt enough room on recovery drive D...
I just want to know if i can fix it and how...do i need a new hard drive?....I have online classes and i just want to fix it before it gets worse..or move on from it...
Please help
Thank you so much!
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If the ticking noise is coming from the hard drive it is dying. I have had the same error message from a bad install of Nero 7 burning software on a Compaq computer but did not get any ticking sounds from the computer. I ended up wiping the drive and reinstalling windows and drivers to finally fix the problem( i have no patience with continuous errors). I would save as much data as you possibly can as fast as possible. You may have to reinstall windows if you have to replace the drive. I have had some good luck using Paragon Drive Copy to transfer a complete OS from one drive to another, but the program is mot cheap to buy. You can buy a XP CD for close to the price and you then have a good system recover CD.

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