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Some strange ticking sound coming from my external hard disk and is not detected by my pc

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  • virti Jan 15, 2009

    bought yesterday a iomega USB 1T external hard drive - saved all my files in it. today suddenly it froze as i was trasferring a file. had to restart my computer. at restart external drive is no longer recognized. i shut it down and turned it back on. it started making a ticking noise and my pc does not recognize it


  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    Strabge Tickling sound and not getting recognized by system.

  • myles1 Feb 05, 2009

    I have the same problem can any body help me ?? 

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    lmao @ backing up the backup that you back up on...My 500GB did the same thing to me. I'm taking it to see if I can repair it but I fear the repair is going to cost as much as the drive itself.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    ticking problem,

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That is a failure mode of that hard drive..try shutting down the power and disconnecting the connection cable..then reverse that..you may need to have it serviced. Do you have a backup for that drive?

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SOURCE: my external hard disc is not detected by pc and some strange tick

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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