I have an HP Compaq 615 laptop with an 160 GB 7200 rpm HDD. Hasn't been dropped or shaken, in fact it almost always stayed on my desk. I've treated it as nice as I could.
The other day, however, my OS froze and I could hear a repeated clink-clink-clink coming from the HDD zone of the laptop. I had to switch off hardware-ly the laptop and re-start it.
It worked very well after, including now. However I backed up immediately the core data on my USB drive and ordered an external USB HDD for periodic backups.
Will it die soon or it was just a "blip"?
L.E.: I checked both partitions fully, using checkdisk/scandisk including for bad sectors and nothing bad appeared..