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Wierd click noise

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?

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Re: wierd click noise

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

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