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You maybe able to get info off your bad hard drive.

If your hard drive has went it may be possible to still get the info from it,i have wrapprd hard drives in a towel then put in a ziplock put them in the freezer for a coulple days and reinstalled it and it actually worked. long enough to extract what i needed.

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My WD25001032-001 is on, but it will not connect to the pc (not showing in Explorer either).

The clicking noise is a mechanical failure caused by the read/write arm making contact with the spinning disk or catching on something it shouldn't.

Check the warranty status at:WD Support Warranty RMA Services

If the drive is out of warranty, and you have important data on the drive, and you can't afford to send it to a company to retrieve your files and have tried absolutely everything to get get it off, you can try this: Put the drive (and silicon packs in there if available to absorb moisture) in an air-tight ziplock bag. Place it in the freezer wrapped in a towel for a few hours. (Chilling the drive makes the metal inside the drive contract enough for the arm to function properly)
Remove from the freezer and immediately attach to the computer. If detected, transfer files immediately. The drive will heat up quickly and the mechanical failure will return.

Nov 22, 2013 | Western Digital 250GB MyBook External USB...

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will not open. clicks a few times and freezes up the pc

There is a very good possibility that this hard drive has crashed. However, there is a little trick you can try. Disclaimer: There is no guarantee this will work and there is a very good chance you will not be able to retrieve your data. If data is very important, I would recommend taking it to a data recovery specialist. If you would like to try on your own, seal the hard drive in a ziplock freezer bag and freeze overnight. Try to access your data as soon as you remove the hard drive from the freezer in the morning. (I have seen this trick give up to an hour or two of use out of a dead drive.)

Hope this helps

Dec 11, 2009 | Ximeta NDU10-120 (890345000151) 120 GB...

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my wd external hard drive, turns on when connected to my laptop, but does not work all i hear is a clicking noise.

it is likely that your hard drive is broken internally. th noise you are hearing is the needle hitting the platter inside the drive itself, something that normally should never happen. there are a few possible quick fixes, but nothing permanent other than replacement. you can leave the drive until it is cool then try. also some people have said putting it in the freezer in a ziplock bag for 15minutes will work, as moisture can damage the drive as well i do not recommend it

Nov 07, 2009 | Western Digital 320GB MyBook External USB...

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Boss 1180 Hard Drive Error

Im Sure You Solved This Problem But For Other User Yes There Is A Way To Save Your Data If Your Hard Drive Is Still Operable. You Can Put Your Boss Hard Drive Into Your Computer And Copy Its Contents To Your Computers Hard Drive. Some Say That If The Hard Drive Is Not Operating You Can Put It In A Ziplock And Then Stick It In The Freezer For An Hour Then Attempt To Retrieve Your Info. Remember Always Back Up Your Data On Hard Drive Recorders As They Are Not Fail Safe.

Apr 13, 2009 | Boss Micro BR Digital Recorder

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More that likely the drive is dying?? :-( ..

Usually the 'click, click , clicking' noise is the 'actuator' trying to read the drive.. One old trick that workings sometimes is to remove the HardDrive from the enclosure. Put it into several ziplock baggies and put it in the freezer over night (colder the better). quickly remove the drive and put it into a computer. Sometime you can read the drive for about 10-15minutes. But this trick only works about 20% of the time.. The only other option is DriverSavers.com (about $2k -- Yikes!!! ) :-(

Feb 23, 2008 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

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