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Hitachi External Hard Drive (500GB) Beeping sound

Recently my external hard drive fell on its side during use. It kept working at the time, but now (a couple of days later) when I turn it on the light comes on, but my computer (a MacBook '06) no longer recognizes it and the hard drive makes a beeping/buzzing sound at intervals a few times before it goes silent. Is there any way I can fix this without playing out the nose? Can I recover my files?

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  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    Same problem here!

  • trilobite122 Feb 18, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. Any luck in resolving it galatea315?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    heads jammed on plate, making beeping sound



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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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This happend to me with the same drive after trying several programs to retrieve my data i discovered that these programs could not see my drive because it was in raw format instead of fat 32, download a free program called zar, zero assumption recovery. This will take about 4-5 days to run but let it run and it will find the fat 32 section of your drive, after its done or if you get as far as 70%. restart your computer plug in your drive turn it on and walk away for 10 minutes, come back and go to my computer and see if you drive is acting like normal. You can copy and past all your stuff to a different drive any file that says cannot copy because its damaged DO NOT CLICK IT, it will freeze your drive just get all you can and when your done go to my computer , right click , go to properties and do a hard drive check to repair bad sectors, if u have insurance format when done and send it back thats what im doing, i hope this helps.

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