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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250mb HDD - Spins up then spins down

As the title says, spins up then spins down and parks.  Can here the click locking in the heads armatures. Was working great in a Maxtor 4Plus enclosure but then just died.  I replaced the PC controller board to no avail.
Any ideas would be helpful.  It's a backup drive from within an external enclosure.  Thought that is what the backup drive was for.
Thanx in advance.

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  • vaenalch Feb 14, 2009

    I have the same problem. You can hear it start up and it just dies. Immediately after it shows up in Windows as Unknown Device. Can anyone help us?

  • wgwef Mar 09, 2009

    I have the same problem with a almost new drive.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    i'm having the same problem with my Barracuda 7200.10 320 gb but it is my master drive.

  • riffycat May 17, 2009

    I ma having th same problem with my Barracuda 7200.10 320 gb HD. only mine is the master drive.

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When a seagate spins up, and then you hear it clicking for awhile, and then finally spins back down - indicates it's got a bad head.

If you can find a donor drive, and can get your hands on a head removal tool, you can swap the head assm long (assuming you can keep things clean enough) enough to retrieve your data.

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