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Rikiki external hard drive clicking sound

The hard drive makes a clicking sound when i plug it into the computer, and it does not appear in my computer. the device is detected by the computer, but the files cannot be accessed. i want to recover the files and save a back-up before going for the warranty. is there any way to accomplish this?

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    the drive also doesn't appear in My Computer, although, there's an option to 'Safely Remove' it...

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The clicking noise is an indication of a head-crash. The drive is damaged and won't be usable. Restore your files from your backup drive.

If you don't have a backup drive, you'll have to pay someone to try to recover your data.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012

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First go to my computer and rt click on the drive,and pick properties,
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Try a search for "free hard drive recovery software"

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A few things to check

1. ensure the drive is connected directly to the computer and not via a HUB

2. ensure you use the original cable that came with it (not one that looks the same)

3. remove as many other usb components as possible

4.check the power supply for the external drive if it has one

5. shut down and restart the computer

At this point you should be able to see and move files around.

If this is not the case and the drive is no longer under warranty you could try the following

remove the drive from its enclosure and mount it in a computer that has a suitable interface SATA or IDE. if you can now use the drive normally then the enclosure is at fault. If the drive cannot be used normally then the drive is at fault. If its the drive then it is either dying or dead.

Also you should ensure your antivirus is totally up to date and that you also have ANTISPYWARE software installed too and that your computer is clean from any nasty stuff.

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External hard drive not accessible


A Hitachi USB external hard drive is a device that acts as portable, removable storage for your personal computer. If you need additional space to house files on your computer but don't want to go to the trouble of installing an internal drive inside the case, a USB external hard drive is your best option. These drives are "plug and play" devices, which means that very little can actually go wrong. If you're having problems, fixing them shouldn't take more than a minute or two.

Check your connections. A USB cable needs to be connecting your Hitachi external hard drive to your computer. Your external hard drive's power cable also needs to be plugged into a functional wall outlet, surge protector, extension cord or power strip. Make sure your Hitachi USB external hard drive is turned to "On." An "On/Off" button is present on the front of the unit. If the indicator light around said button is not illuminated, the drive is "Off" and your computer won't be able to recognize it. Press it to turn it on and then try to access your drive again. Format your hard drive. If your Hitachi USB external hard drive doesn't currently have a file system on it, you won't be able to use it to store data. Open up the "Computer" icon in the "Start" menu. Right-click on your USB external hard drive's icon and click "Format." Click "Start." This will install a file system on your Hitachi USB external hard drive. After this process is finished, you will now be able to use your drive. Restart your computer. Certain models of computers (especially older models) won't recognize new hardware unless your computer boots with the hardware already connected. Leave your USB drive plugged in and restart your computer. Once you do this, your Hitachi USB external hard drive should appear as normal in the "Computer" folder with all of your other drives. Hope this helps.

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Not recognice by usb hard


A USB hard drive is a portable external storage device that works just like a conventional hard drive.

The device is simply plugged into a USB port on your computer as you would connect a flash drive.


Unlike a flash drive, however, a USB hard drive can store a much larger amount of data.


If your computer will not recognize your USB hard drive, you can try troubleshooting steps to resolve the problem.

Plug one end of the USB cable into the port on your hard drive and plug the other end into the USB port of your computer. Ensure that both ends of the cable are connected securely.


Open "My Computer" (Windows XP) or "Computer" (Windows Vista/7).

The USB device should be listed as "removable disk" once it is plugged into the computer.


If it is not listed among the available drives on your computer, proceed to the next step.

Ensure that the data cable is working properly.


Try another USB cable if you have one available.

Disconnect all other USB devices from the computer as they may interfere with the operating system detecting the external hard drive.

Reboot the computer if the USB hard drive is still not recognized.


Plug the USB cable into another USB port and check to see if the device is detected.

If you are using a USB hub, remove the device and plug the external hard drive directly into a USB port.


If the computer still fails to recognize the device, the external hard drive itself may be experiencing a hardware problem.


Check the status of the hard drive in the "Device Manager" window. Under Windows XP, right click "My Computer" and select "Device Manager."


For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the "Windows" button in the lower left corner of the screen, then type "Computer Management" in the search bar and press "Enter."


Select "Device Manager" in the "Computer Management" window. In the Device Manager window, click the "+" sign that appears beside "Disk Drives."


If the external drive is not listed, click "Other Devices" in the Device Manager window and see if an "Unknown Device" appears.


The external hard drive may have been detected but the device is not working properly.

If it is still under warranty, take the device to the computer store where it was purchased to have it repaired or replaced.


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Usb cable is causing a short circuit


the first cable (throw it away), the secound use that one or a new one. then you will need to locate the drivers on the internet, download them and install.

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Recgonition


Blank drive. Reformat it and see if you can save anything to it.

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My hard drive is not being detected by my computer.what can i do ???


click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or

if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,

just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems also make sure the computers Ram and Cmos battery are securely seated
if this fails to fix the problem


you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap

hope this helps

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My computer says la cie external hard drive is corrupted - is there anyway to recover my files? I need them!


You can try a program like http://www.piriform.com/recuva

But if your hard drive is damaged you will need data recovery help. This guy does it remotely and just works for donations http://FreeDataRecovery.us

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I bought a rikiki go 500GB La cie today, and it's making zooming and loud clicking noises, what's wrong?


Your hard drive is most likely dead, you need to call the manufacturer and have them send you a replacement, the warranty should cover this.

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I am trying to do a back-up from my computer but the external hard drive does not appear on "my computer". when the external drive is connected to the external usb drives it makes a noise.


The cable coming off the hard drive should have two usb plugs. Make sure both are plugged into the computer so that the drive is getting enough power. If it's a laptop you are plugged into the same thing applies but also make sure that the AC Adapter is plugged into the laptop when you plug the external drive into the USB ports. Sometimes it won't power the drive if it's running off battery power.

Of course it could be a problem with the Hard Drive within the enclosure if it is a constant clicking. But it sounds like it could just be the USB port not powering the drive up.

You could try on another pc as well.

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It doesn't appear on my computer


Hi,
Go to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management..

Now, click on Disk management..

When the new window opens, look for the device there. If it appears there then, right click on the external drive and select "format"..

Once formatted, you should be able to "see" it..

Note: your data will be deleted if you format
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