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My external hard disc is not detected by pc and some strange tick

Some tickling noise coming from my external hard disk and it is not detected by pc

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  • estrange Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem. I can not get my computer to recognize the Hammer device and when I turn the hard
    drive on it makes a strange sound and then stops but the power light is still on.

  • c628 Jan 05, 2009

    My Western Digital 500gb does the same thing.
    Clicking noise, light goes out but clicking noise continues.
    I tried to use the Firewire and USB cables without any changes.



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This is never a good sign!! Hard drives only 'tick' when they are bad, or going bad. Some popular techniques for attempting to temporarily fix the drive include freezing it for several hours before trying again, standing the drive on it's thin edge, or lightly tapping it with a SMALL hammer or the **** end of a screwdriver as you power it on. Some have also had success (myself included) removing the controller circuit board and replacing it with the controller of an identical drive, preferably from a drive from the same lot as your broken drive. However I don't recommend this to most people, it is an advanced technique and easy to screw up! Also not likely the problem if the drive is clicking.

If you can get it to work again this way, copy your data from it IMMEDIATELY then recycle the drive and never use it again!

A final option would be to send the drive to a data recovery specialist, but be forewarned this can be VERY expensive.

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My External HDD of Western Digital (500 GB) not detecting by Win-XP SP-2. But at the same machine another External HDD of Western Digital (160 GB) is detecting and functioning well.
What is the problem? & what to do to get back my necessary files stored in the 500 GB HDD.
Can any one help me, please? URGENT.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009

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My Western Digital My Passport Essential (320GB) is having similar problem, I do not know how to detach the cover, I hope to rescue my important data, I would be most grateful if someone can offer me help urgently.

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