Question about LaCie (300728U) 250 GB Hard Drive
When I plug up my external, it starts making this weird clicking noise, and it isn't mounted. I don't see it under my computer or anything. Is there anyway i can recover anything on here or anything?
Hello man, Unfortunatelly not, by conventional means. This problem occurs most often due to excesive shocks received by the hard drive but it can also occur in another situation most often forgotten by people or didn't taken in consideration. A hard disk isn't voided as many people think, it's actually presurised, and it works by creating a air flow current wich lifts the reading heads over the physical disks at about 1 mm. The reading heads doesn't actually touch the drive. If however a power spike occurs, the main motors spin speed may be altered, therefore the air current may drop in strenght and the heads may come down to actually touch the disks. This results in very bad circular scratches over the disk, somethimes making it unusable. Most hard disks have protections that prevent this but they somethimes don't work well. In order to recover the data in this case, the hard disk must be dissasembled and the disks must be placed in another specially made universal controll drive in a controlled atmoshpere environment. This sounds expensive, and it is, most times you woun't find someone (or a service center) with the devices and knoledge to do this. If the motor controller (an electronic component on the main board of the drive) fails, also this results in the above problems. However like I've stated in the beginning this is a very hard to fix problem and most shurelly not in a DIY fashion. Sorry for not being able to assist you further in this problem
Posted on May 24, 2007
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what does it sound like? might be trying to get power to it
click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
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sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,
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 also make sure the computers Ram and Cmos battery are securely seated
if this fails to fix the problem
you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
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