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External hard drive makes sound like second hand watch

I bought the silver external hardrive NXnexxtech last year, i didn't use it for like 3 mos, now that i plug the usb, it makes a sound like fast clock seconds sounds. whats this means. does it stop by itself or not.
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You have two motors in a hard drive. The spindle motor that spins the platters and a head position motor. In your case the heads can't tell where the tracks are, so they keep swinging, until they hit the stop. This gets noticed, the controller retracts the heads all the way to the center, and it tries again. What you are hearing is the heads hitting the stop that keeps them from moving off the platters completely. Your drive is almost certainly toast. If the data is really important, you can send it to a disk recovery place, who will charge you lots of money, and send back the data on CD. If it's not, you buy a new drive.

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