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It makes a constant clicking noise and wont boot up windows

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Unfortunately what you have there is a dead hard drive the clicking noise is the mechanical part of the hard drive and it should not make any noise. You will need to replace the drive and usually where you buy the new drive they may be able to hook up your bad drive to see if anything can be retrieved.

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That means the drive is damaged and not reading properly. Pretty much irreparable- I would suggest buying a new drive, happens all the time.

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If you can hear clicking then I am afraid there is a serious problem with the hard drive.

The noise you can hear is usually known as "the click of death" when referring to hard drives.

Make sure you use ONLY the cable that came with it or a SHORTER one.

Dont connect via a USB hub

Make sure you only user the power supply that CAME WITH IT.

Most common causes are that the drive unit was dropped or mishandled or just plain old age

There is no known cure unless the data is mission critical

In which case you could sent it to a data recovery specialist but this is usually VERY expensive.

If you are advised to place it in a freezer or anything similar then that is up to you
but my advise would be to run from the person who may give this advise.

This is very old fashioned advice and meant for very old types of drives that used to get very hot.

If it a drive that was / is from an external enclosure then you could still use the enclosure and just place a new hard drive in there.

Another way to test it it to remove it from the enclosure and connect it directly to a PC with a suitable interface eg. SATA or IDE.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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