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Old 01-15-2005, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Hard Drive Noise - (Video Clip Included)

Heres one of my backup drives that just started making a clicking noise when i plug it in.... I didnt do anything to it but take it out and had it sitting on my desk....

Heres a video of what its doin.....
http://www.sedatedmind.com/hdd_noise.wmv Direct link to clip
(loud fan is from the external usb case its in)


Its a Hitachi 120gb Deskstar HD from a dell PC I had..... what could this be? Is it DEAD or can I do something to get a chance to pullthe data from it?

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Old 01-15-2005, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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does it do that all the time or just when u lift it up. u might be able to get data out of it. does ur computer still start up when u use it.
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its from a dell, that figures...
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Old 01-15-2005, 02:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I wouldn't recomend you start lifting or moving hard drives while they're powered up!!
Sorry, haven't seen video clip (no speakers) so can you tell me, is it just making a clicking noise or does it spin up as normal as well?
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spins up as normal, but then does a cycleclick sound repedetly
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Old 01-15-2005, 03:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I assume you can't access the drive at all. This clicking noise is often a symptom of a physical problem within the drive such as a head crash for example. If it is, then you have very little chance of recovering anything from it.

Worth checking the cabling, jumper configuration & power supply to drive first though before you write it off completely.
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if ur lucky u might be able to get sum data of it there are sum progs around that do it for u google for it, but make sure u set it to slave though. if that fails there are companies that can do it for you but they are expensive its just upto how valuble the data is.
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Hard Drive Clicking... FIXED!!!!
Why do drive manufactures leave the circuit board exposed on the bottom of every drive i have ever seen.... I guess I shorted someting out... I fixed it by swaping the logic board from another identical drive to the broke one and it is working perfectly.... im pulling the data off it right now.....


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