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Hard drive randomly started making a clicking noise and now will not connect with my mac? What should I do?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Format your hardrive for Mac OS:
Go to Disk Utilities under the go menu in your finder. Select the external drive and click on the erase tab. Clikc erase again and it formats the drive. You can now copy files onto the drive.
Posted on Feb 08, 2009
It depends on how you formatted the the drive.
If it was formatted FAT it will work on both Mac and PC.
If you formatted to HFS+ (the native mac format) then it will only work on a mac.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
One or more of the hints below will probably sort out most USB problems with most USB portable / external hard drives and OTHER devices (though not always)
A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.
1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability
2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)
3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.
4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.
5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port
6. For FLASH DRIVES you should ensure that the device is set for "quick removal" using the drive control panel properties or use the USB "Safely Remove Hardware" option. If you dont do this there is a very strong chance that any files you transfer may not be there when you plug into another computer.
If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason.
Sandisk Cruzers are especially bad for this.
USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care.
This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.
It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.
You should also do this to cheack the drives connections are not bad inside the enclosure
Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear.
Known as "The Click Of Death"
If none of the above steps help look at updating the drivers from the manufacturers web site in the support section.
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
Testimonial: "Great tips, I've done some of these steps in previous issues. Thank you, I have already fixed the drive using the disk utility. "
I followed richiegrier solution above - my drive began clicking and did not run. I determined both drives worked and that it was the power supply (apparantly I'm not the only one with this problem. I purchased a NexstarMX dual HDD enclosure. I opened it, flipped the switch up to the JBOD mode, and installedd my two drives. Initially the configuration recognized a single 900+ GB drive, which was empty. I used the safely remove hardware icon, powered down the unit, and switched the positions of the drives - VOILA!!! the computer recognized the drives and all the files are back online, precisely. A couple caveats - the drives when in JBOD mode are A and B, although there is no obvious way to tell them apart - Like a book, A appears to have the directory for the combined drive. When mounted in reverse, the computer did not read the directory, and assumed it was empty. When I reversed the drives, my drive came up, flawlessly with no input from me. THANK YOU. Do not format or create a new partition or you will lose data. I also purchased a 2 TB drive for back up, and will immediately begin a second copy of all the data on this drive so I do not have a disaster. Thanks again for saving me from disaster.
Posted on Apr 01, 2010
OK, at the link below you will be directed to a tip i wrote on this exact error.
Feel free to let me know if you have any further questions.
Posted on Dec 02, 2010
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