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If it's clicking none of the software will help - it's a mechanical failure. Most likely it has bad heads. This site should help you better diagnose the problem.

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Sorry to say this, but "clicking" is usually a sign that the hard drive has head-crashed and has failed.

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This may be useful to you:
It is never a good sign when hard disks start to make notice. It means that your drive is starting to fail. Although there are variations, most drives are completely silent when they're running.
The tipoff is either a new noise are an intermittent noise. If the drive has always made a slight clicking noise when accessing data, that's probably nothing to worry about. If it just started clicking, or if it only clicks occasionally, this means something has changed. Change in a hard drive is a Bad Thing.
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If you suspect a drive is going flaky, it is relatively easy to cone your disk. Please see Drive to drive: Bring in the Clones for step-by-stepinstructions on duplicating your disk.
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