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My Sony HD-E1 1TB hard drive is not being recognized by my laptop. The light flashes on the drive and it makes a ticking sound. how can I recover the information stored thereon?

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If it is doing the tick of death then it is not likely you will be able to retrieve anything unless you have it sent to professionals for retrieval. It can be expensive too.

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Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

T your concern:
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