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WD400 will not boot up

This drive made unusual clicking sounds and went out. Can I remove the cover of hard drive and replace the moving parts or motor or whatever the hells in there?

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The elemets hard drives are not user serviceable and thus, you may void the warranty in doing so. Have a look on their website for the data lifeguard diagnostic software and check for possible errors. he sound you may be hearing is the heads inside the drive. If you are still under warranty, you can have your drive replaced. Make sure you have your data backed up.

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I read through all your accounts and following is my conclusion.

I think you have a flakey drive and that eventually the "clicking", or worse, will return. A clicking sound eminating from a hard disk drive bodes ill wind - it is not normal. Even if it does turn out that the bearings needed a break in period, that is, at the very least, bad design as it puts your valuable data at risk during this period.

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