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Light blinking from Blue to Red

Same problem as another poster. Was working one day and down the next. Faint clicking sound with the light switching from blue to red. Computer doesn't recognize it but it doesn't really seem to power up in the first place in order for that to even happen. Help!

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  • empire11 Jul 31, 2009

    Is it expensive to get someone to do data recovery? It was a 160GB drive pretty much full of music, pics, etc. My iPod was my backup but it crapped out a couple days earlier so I restored it and wiped out all the data. In retrospect, it probably wasn't my iPod at all so now my backup is gone too. Took it to a local computer place this morning to see if it was just a power problem or if it's truely gone. Haven't heard anything yet...doesn't sound like it will be good news though.

  • empire11 Aug 03, 2009 I mentioned to the computer guy what I'd read here about just putting it in a new enclosure. He did and said it worked! Now just waiting for them to order me one of my own, should have it back later this week so we'll see if everything is intact. Keeping my fingers crosssed.



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  1. 99 times out of 100 this means the hard drive has crashed.
The clicking sound is the key. If the data is critical you may need a specialist to retrieve it, if not, you can take it apart and replace the drive.

External drives with IDE drives get very hot because there is no fan in them usually. I recommend leaving it off unless you are using it. I have had hard drives crash on several very expensive ones...and they are usually only warranteed for a year.

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    techservant Jul 31, 2009

    Yes to answer your question it can be pricey as in up to about $1000.
    Do some shopping, google data recovery crash or something similar you may find it for a couple hundred.


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I also have a fantom drive 250 GB and the led also flickers from red to blue. I took out the drive and installed it on a computer as a slave and I was able to access the files though DOS. The only difference is that mine was not clicking and that is a big difference. In conclusion the flickering only detects failure. Disk recovery is very expensive and there are tricks on the net that you can Google and try. I have not tried them, so I can't share the experience. I can't believe these things do not have fans, or at lease a warning letting consumers know that they should not be kept on for long periods of time.

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