I was at my Dad's house where I have faster internet than where I currently live so naturally I do all my large downloads there and then send them to my laptop via flash drive then to my main PC back home, again, via flash drive. This weekend though I was transferring files from my Dad's PC to my laptop when we were in a rush to get going back home so I transferred the rest of the files that I downloaded to my flash drive and decided that I should do the rest of the transfer from the stick to the laptop in the car to get going as soon as we could. I put the laptop into sleep mode after it was done (and I probably shouldn't have done this in hindsight) put it on the backseat upside down, while still in sleep mode. I have done this before my laptop pretty much stays in sleep mode for it's entire life, I do this while travelling too. But here is where the problems start. I get home to transfer my files to my PC (realizing that I left my USB stick in the car which I will get back later in the week via the post) so while searching for my USB stick not realizing that it was in the car now en route back across the country, I hear a strange noise coming from my laptop, it sounds like a regular 2 clicks every few seconds or so. So I do some research not knowing if it was a normal write head noise that I have never noticed before or a dying HDD, people with similar problems (from what I could tell) ended up backing up their drives and getting another new drive. This is where it gets tricky and I need your guys help. The people in similar situations downloaded a HDD scanning tool to check what was the problem but I can't download anything when I go to any website and try to download anything the download just says "starting" and nothing happens! I don't have my USB stick which is my only way to transfer files so I can't backup the drive till later this week when I get my flash drive back. Does from what I have described sound like a HDD problem or is it a normal sound for a 160 GB 2.5" laptop drive? Is there any other way I can backup my files? Is the PC safe to shutoff, I am worried that it won't start up again? What do I do???!! thanks for reading this awfully long post I just thought I should include as much information as I can now and save questions later. Thanks again guys.