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My external hard drive always makes beeping noise

My external hard drive does not work on my computer, laptop, playstation3 etc. and i have a lot of files on there, i no longer have the receipt and i payed for this in cash couple of years ago

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You may have to have the data recovered from the drive.

Posted on Nov 02, 2012

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Hello,
This sounds like a mechanical failure in the drive but could also be a power or enclosure problem.
There are several thing to try, first make sure all the cables are connected properly. If you passport is the small size that fits in a shirt pocket it may have two connections at either end, make sure all ends are plugged in, if it's a full sized drive it will have a USB cable and a power cable,ensure both are plugged in and the light is on.

Once you have done this Right-Click on Computer or My Computer and select Manage. In the window that comes up you will see Disk Management, select it and wait a few seconds then look through the right hand side. The first drive listed will likely be your boot drive. If it shows up there but is unallocated report that back. If not take it to the PC store nearest you and ask the technicians to move the HDD in the passport to a new shell for testing, if that works buy the new shell.

If neither of these works the drive may be damaged, if you need the files that are on it and it seems to be damaged, report back here with your Country, State and City and I will locate the nearest Data Recovery pro and refer you in.


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Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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hey im the same person who just posted above. i went to WD's website, and it said unplug the hard drive from the computer, and unplug it from the power source. then plug it into the power outlet, wait for it to spin up, then plug it in via USB/Firewire, whatever. it worked for me, so hopefully it will work for you.

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Probably not. You can try putting it in the freezer overnight (in a bag please, don't get moisture in it) but most likely if you must have the files back it will take professional help.

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yeakis..!!..
itz probably not normal anymore..it do happen while boot up or when hdd gets power..hdd consists of one or more solid n heavy platter(s) like gramophone media/disk in miniature, which is spinning at more than 7200+ rpm just on a single pivot which is thick just around a dot pen's nib..there is one lens each on both side of the platter of abt 1mm probably..and the whole assembly do function somewhat alike gramophone....
nw u cn understand how highly balanced they r..due to time, illegal shut down, moving/shacking/thud/shock to the hdd while in activity, may cause damage to it..and the first n common symptom is either no activity or 'ticking' noise (like 'tuk tuk' or 'kirr kirr')..!!
do claim warranty..report as hdd dead..don't tell itz physically damaged..
try contacting ur system admin/vendor without delay....

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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I just bought an Iomega external Hard Drive model number SPDHDU and I couldn't get it to stop beeping when I connected it to my Mac... Then I changed the usb connection from one I had laying around for other devices, to the one it came with and now it works fine!

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My external keeps making beeping noise


To attempt recovery put it an an open external enclosure and have another one hooked up to recover the data to.


Gently tap the hard drive with an open hand and see if you can get it to spin up one last time.

Of course it can be sent to a data recovey company if you really have to get the data off.
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There are no user serviceable parts inside the drive.

Opening it will just negate any chance of recovery.



You're not going to fix it by disassembling the drive.

The click's and beeps indicate the drive it damaged; there is a good chance (98%) that you have lost all of your data.


Note: By removing the cover from this drive the any remaining warranty will be void and all data will be considered lost.


Now if you still want to take it apart just to look inside, there will be one or two screws that are under the manufacturer's label that will have to be removed.


Pressing firmly, run you finger across the top of the drive until you can feel the depression where the screw head is.


Using you screw driver puncture the label and remove the screw.

Then you can pry the top cover off.


hope this helps

Nov 01, 2012 | Verbatim Computers & Internet

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How to detect if your hard-drive is working or not/hard disk maintenance.


Some times you don't know if your hard drive is working or not. Your external hard disk might drop on the ground, or your desktop/laptop hard drive might not be booting. Which ever the case maybe, here is how to find out the condition of your hard disk:

Put your ear close to your hard disk, if you hear your hard disk make a crackling noise, be prepared to buy another hard disk because such hard disk is damaged and cannot be fixed. Also note that it is difficult to recover files from such hard drive.

But if you don't hear a crackling sound, use your hand(s) to feel the drive, if it vibrates, it means the hard disk is in good condition.

What damages external hard drive most times is if you don't eject (safely remove) it from your computer, when it drops on the ground or hits any hard object etc

If your external hard disk stops working, firstly, check if the hard disk inside the case is in good condition by checking for crackling sounds and vibration. Once you observe that the hard disk is in good condition, this means the hard drive case is defective/the cause of the problem. Get another drive case and your drive will work again without loosing any file/data on it.

For desktop/laptop hard drive maintenance, make sure you always shut down your computer properly, don't remove the CPU's power cord while the computer is turned on. To be on a safer side, always use UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for your desktop computer.

Also, when using your laptop, makes sure its fixed at a position. Avoid any shake as the hard disk might shift from its normal position in the process.

Good luck.

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The Hard Drive keeps making a bleeping noise and it is not letting me acces it, what could the possible problem be?


you need to know computer BIOS to know message from beeping code. when u know the BIOS product then listen the beep (short or long, how many beep, etc). after u recognize the beep pattern, try to 'google' it with your BIOS product and beep status. or u can reply from this answer, maybe i can help.
tips: a lot of problem that computer cannot run and makes beep sound is that RAM not correctly installed, try remove it and put it in again in another RAM slot. if u use external VGA, try to remove it and put it in again.
hope this useful, regards.

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I have a 1 TB SimpleDrive external USB drive. The drive is now making a repeating, beeping noise, slow and methodical, and it is not recognized by either my MAC or my pc. WHat does the beep-beep-beep mean...


the beeps are post during post the very first work is done by the ram all the memory in the ram is first transferred to the hard disk and remains active until turned off.
make sure that your RAM is securely seated,
click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you should see a yellow question mark?
right click to reinstall drivers
when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable just replace the cable of the hard disk everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems
hope this helps

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I have a Samsung 3g 2tb harddisk and it makes strange noises. sometimes it doesnt work and a my pc freezed.


Hello,

Here is what you need to know about hard drives.......

Some times you don't know if your hard drive is working or not. Your external hard disk might drop on the ground, or your desktop/laptop hard drive might not be booting. Which ever the case maybe, here is how to find out the condition of your hard disk:

Put your ear close to your hard disk, if you hear your hard disk make a crackling noise, be prepared to buy another hard disk because such hard disk is damaged and cannot be fixed. Also note that it is difficult to recover files from such hard drive.

But if you don't hear a crackling sound, use your hand(s) to feel the drive, if it vibrates, it means the hard disk is in good condition.

What damages external hard drive most times is if you don't eject (safely remove) it from your computer, when it drops on the ground or hits any hard object etc

If your external hard disk stops working, firstly, check if the hard disk inside the case is in good condition by checking for crackling sounds and vibration. Once you observe that the hard disk is in good condition, this means the hard drive case is defective/the cause of the problem. Get another drive case and your drive will work again without loosing any file/data on it.

For desktop/laptop hard drive maintenance, make sure you always shut down your computer properly, don't remove the CPU's power cord while the computer is turned on. To be on a safer side, always use UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for your desktop computer.

Also, when using your laptop, makes sure its fixed at a position. Avoid any shake as the hard disk might shift from its normal position in the process.

I hope this is helpful..........

Good luck.

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Wd my book flashing blue light. sill no power up


Hello,

Some times you don't know if your hard drive is working or not. Your external hard disk might drop on the ground, or your desktop/laptop hard drive might not be booting. Which ever the case maybe, here is how to find out the condition of your hard disk:

Put your ear close to your hard disk, if you hear your hard disk make a crackling noise, be prepared to buy another hard disk because such hard disk is damaged and cannot be fixed. Also note that it is difficult to recover files from such hard drive.

But if you don't hear a crackling sound, use your hand(s) to feel the drive, if it vibrates, it means the hard disk is in good condition.

What damages external hard drive most times is if you don't eject (safely remove) it from your computer, when it drops on the ground or hits any hard object etc

If your external hard disk stops working, firstly, check if the hard disk inside the case is in good condition by checking for crackling sounds and vibration. Once you observe that the hard disk is in good condition, this means the hard drive case is defective/the cause of the problem. Get another drive case and your drive will work again without loosing any file/data on it.

For desktop/laptop hard drive maintenance, make sure you always shut down your computer properly, don't remove the CPU's power cord while the computer is turned on. To be on a safer side, always use UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for your desktop computer.

Also, when using your laptop, makes sure its fixed at a position. Avoid any shake as the hard disk might shift from its normal position in the process.

Good luck.

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Hard disk tiking when power up.


Hi,

Some times you don't know if your hard drive is working or not. Your external hard disk might drop on the ground, or your desktop/laptop hard drive might not be booting. Which ever the case maybe, here is how to find out the condition of your hard disk:

Put your ear close to your hard disk, if you hear your hard disk make a crackling noise, be prepared to buy another hard disk because such hard disk is damaged and cannot be fixed. Also note that it is difficult to recover files from such hard drive.

But if you don't hear a crackling sound, use your hand(s) to feel the drive, if it vibrates, it means the hard disk is in good condition.

What damages external hard drive most times is if you don't eject (safely remove) it from your computer, when it drops on the ground or hits any hard object etc

If your external hard disk stops working, firstly, check if the hard disk inside the case is in good condition by checking for crackling sounds and vibration. Once you observe that the hard disk is in good condition, this means the hard drive case is defective/the cause of the problem. Get another drive case and your drive will work again without loosing any file/data on it.

For desktop/laptop hard drive maintenance, make sure you always shut down your computer properly, don't remove the CPU's power cord while the computer is turned on. To be on a safer side, always use UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for your desktop computer.

Also, when using your laptop, makes sure its fixed at a position. Avoid any shake as the hard disk might shift from its normal position in the process.

Good luck.

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My WD external hard drive does not stay recognized on my computer. When I first plug it in it makes the ding/beep noise and shows up on "my computer" but after a few seconds it makes the ding/beep noise...


Try the hard drive on another computer to see if it is the external or a laptop interface problem. There are EIDE/SATA to usb adapters that you can connect a hard drive to that the computer will then read as an external hard drive. The problem with external HDDs is the usb interface built into them, these are mounted on controller cards and that is ususally where the failure occurs.

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Hi there, seem to have lost my external harddrive on my desk top, and it is making a beeping sound??


Hard drives don't beep. They make a lot of sounds, but no beeps. If the drive is actually making an unusual noise, it has probably gone bad. Clicking would be a bad disk. Any other noise would be a bad controller board. A good shop may be able to slave your drive to another computer to try and save your data. But don't count on it. By the time a drive makes a loud noise, it's usually gone and unrecoverable.
Before spending a lot of money to recover your data, try the external drive on another computer. Maybe the connection USB port has gone bad on the original computer.

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Whether your computer is a laptop or desktop does not inherently decide if the drive will work or not. If it can't see the connection, there must be another problem with the drive. I would suggest reporting what you have done to try and make it work and anything you notice out of the ordinary (how lights on the drive are acting, noises the drive is making, alerts you see when you plug it into your laptop, etc). That will allow us to better help you find a solution to the problem.

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