Topic: Loud Clicking External Hard Drive (Read 189 times)

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Yeah so I have a 80gb external hard drive that is now clicking. I've had it for about 2 months and never had any problems with it. I don't why this happen as of yet and it was a gift from abroad so I can't return it. My main concern is that one of my projects was on there and it'll be a total waste if I can't get my things back from off of it.

Again, 80gb Toshiba external hard drive that is unmountable and is making lots of noise. My brother tried taking a look at it and he said that he could not try and connect it to the computer directly as the IDE cables are too small to fit on it the drive itself. I don't mind taking it to a repair shop but I'm sceptical at what they can even do.
Last Edit: September 21, 2008, 03:37:49 am by The Illusionist
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I'm not and expert on computers but mine did that right before it assploded... if that helps at all :p
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A clicking hard drive means that the read/write head is recalibrating itself as it can't find the correct sectors on the drive platters.

What this translates to in layman terms is that the hard drive is having hardware problems reading and writing data, you should backup anything important in there before it's too late. =x
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if you can access anything on the drive, back it all up now.

if not your hd is d ead. you may be under warranty and be able to get a new one. your data is lost unless you want to spend a lot of money on data recovery services (a LOT of money)
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This is a slight topic revival. But while the subject is still around I might as well add that I've had some mixed success with freezing a dead HDD. Just place it in an airtight bag to prevent condensation and leave it in the freezer for a few hours. This causes the metal to contract, and thus sometimes pulling the broken components back into place briefly. Usually get about 3 minutes use out of it before it breaks again. :P
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