Question about Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160 GB SATA Hard Drive
Hi, I have a Western Digital 160GB hard drive. I bought it last year in July but only started using it this month. However, it sometimes stops in the middle of the system uptime and recently it just stopped working altogether. I put it back on the computer today after about two weeks and it started running again. I think it has suffered a mechanical failure because I heard it make some clicking sounds a few times during system startup. I feel this might have happened because the read heads might have got stuck since this drive was in disuse for almost a year. I need to know if it is a possibility that this drive could have got bad due to a long period of disuse.
Generally drives can be left sitting for a year or more without problems but if it was bumped or jarred hard enough the heads may not be releasing from the park position, otherwise clicking sounds usually mean problems with the circuit board. If you give it a visual inspection(requires removal with a torques 5 or torques 8 bit) you can look for any signs of a burnt out circuit.
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Posted on May 08, 2009
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