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The hard drive makes a loud noise and isn't detected by my computer

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Check the power supply first mine sounded like a coffee grinder and it was still the supply, I have 2 of these here and swapped in the other supply, solence and normal operation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010

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Hard drives themselves do not tend to make loud noises.

If it clicking ticking or similar then External hard drives are quite prone to this but it can also affect internal too to a lesser degree

The clicking you hear is referred to as the "Click of Death" as far as hard drives are concerned. It may sound like a regular click or ping.

And I am afraid it is as it says.

It was probably knocked, dropped, or maybe just mis-handled.

These are hard drives and not flash drives.

As such should be treated with care

If it is truly dead and you MUST have the information from it then the only real alternative is to send it to a data recovery expert.
These services are NOT cheap

It is possible that on external hard drives you may just be using the wrong USB lead try a shorter one preferably the one that came with it.

Another trick is to remove the drive from its enclosure and where a SUITABLE PC is available you can often connect it directly inside the PC.

If you are extremely lucky you might be able to salvage information but this is not always the case.

If it is the drive and it was in an enclosure you can always put a new one in there.

DO NOT PUT IT IN A FREEZER OF SLAP IT !

The freezer advice is meant for very old types of hard drives that used to get extremely hot and in very rare cases this extremely old trick was used just to get information from those old drives.

Hitting or slapping the drive causes shock on a hard drive that can kill it stone dead.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009

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If your hard drive makes a rattling or scratching or grinding noise, its not likely to work again. I have searched Google for this problem when it happened to mine and they recommended trying to put it in a freezer to chill it and because of metal shrinkage, it could allow the bearing to turn again more freely. Of course this is not a fix, but a possible solution to get it running long enough to get some data off of it before it heats up again. I hope this helps. There's not much else you can do other than send it to www.drivesavers.com who are a data recovery service that is highly rated.

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Sounds like the Hard Disk inside the Lacie has failed. Drives typically have an average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and some can fail much sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning.

Some things to try before we assume this is true -

1. Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged.
2. Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one.

Also powercycling both the drive and laptop could help - but i truly believe the drive went bad.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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Replace the hard drive. You have bad sectors in the MBR section or the head readers have become faulty.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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SOURCE: my external hd makes a constant, loud noise

Back up your files and buy a replacement drive the grinding noise is the hard drive experiencing mechanical failure and may stop working soon.

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SOURCE: My computer is not detecting my LaCie Hard Drive

there is a usb port inside hd .box /many time it is damage and also usb cablle damage . so once time change this thing one by one to check. there is a rare chance to damage hdd. we have facinge many time same problem. this hdd and laptop hdd are same. only potr is diffrent, (nepal)

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