Okay, so I'll try to explain my problem as well as I can.
A long time ago I was able to use Linux normally, and for more than 6 months I used Linux as my primary operating system. After some kernel updates whenever I tried to get into a distribution my pc froze, so I got back to Windows.
Not a long time ago I discovered that the only way to install and use Ubuntu (or other distributions) was to turn off ACPI either from the Bios whenever I entered the distribution or just install the distro with ACPI turned off.
My problem is: I lately had to change my Hard Drive and on this one I installed Windows using around 400 GB and Ubuntu on a partition of 100 GB. I installed Ubuntu with the option ACPI off, by pressing F8 or F6 when booting the first time.
The problem is that with ACPI off, whenever I am on Ubuntu, my hard drive makes some noises, something like scratching or is at least working way too much for what I'm doing (using the browser to read a few things and writing code).
This does not happen on Windows at all. I can run all kind of programs at the same time and I hear nothing from my HDD.
My questions are: is that sound dangerous for my HDD? Is there a way to make Ubuntu run with ACPI on? Or is there a way to stop the sound from my HDD when using Ubuntu? Should I change to something different, like Linux Mint or Ubuntu Mate?
I should also mention that my computer is pretty old (2008), but I never really had this kind of problem with it. Everything just worked fine with Linux or Windows on it until the kernel updates.
Thank you for your time!