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Drive making clicking noises and not recognized by computer

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A clicking noise from a hard drive is a sign of a faulty hard drive.
That is why the computer does not see it.
The hard drive needs to be replaced.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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try unplugging it, and also unplugging any other USB devices that are connected.


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The Mac-operating system can read drives formatted under the FAT32 and NTFS file systems used by Windows, but Windows will not recognize HFS, the file system used by Mac OS.

If you connect an HFS-formatted external drive to a computer running Windows, the drive will spin up but Windows will not respond.

The drive will have to be used with a Mac, or reformatted using a disk-partitioning utility.


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If your drive will not operate using power from the USB bus only, connect the power supply. Many drives do not have this option; they will not operate unless they are connected to both a power outlet and a USB port.


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Some older motherboards may require updated USB drivers to properly utilize a modern USB 2.0 device.


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Corrupted Files

USB hard drives are susceptible to data corruption if either the power or USB cables are disconnected during a write operation.

Over time, this could lead to a situation in which Windows will be unable to write to the drive correctly.

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Failing Hardware

If your drive is still not being recognized, but it is making audible noises when it is plugged in, the drive may be failing.


Nearly every hard drive manufacturer distributes a free utility to check the drives that they make for errors.

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If the drive is failing, the utility will most likely be able to detect it.

Contact the manufacturer for a replacement if the drive is under warranty.



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My external hard drive wont show in my computer but it is recognizing it in disk manager


Hi, is the drive clicking, or making any noise?
are the lights on the drive blinking?
try the drive in another computer, if all fails i think you might need to go to your local PC Store

Mar 02, 2011 | Hitachi Computers & Internet

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The computer is not recognizing the drive when it is plugged in


Hello

OK, by reading the original question you posted, i was wondering if you might have hear the drive making a clicking noise.

If the drive does not make a clicking noise, can you even hear the spindle spin up?

Can you determine if the drive gets power, and power up once plugged in?

If you can answer the question asked above, you can give me some feedback. I will reply to your post as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to let em know if you need any further information.

Kind regards
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Computer does not recognize external hard drive, western dig 320 g. It has been making clicking noises before it started this problem.


Clicking noises are not an issue, as the hard drive uses voice coil technology, which clicks. Plug into another USB drive.

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I/O Magic 320GB external hard drive making clicking noise


it happens when the hard is gone bad or can`t be recognised.you can try uninstalling the drive from device manager.you can check the hard drive case or can try the hard drive on some other computer.

Jul 08, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Machine not recognized by computer it just is makign a clicking noise


i got the same problem. let me know if you figure it out. except mine stoped making the noise eventually, but still wont recognize.

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Can't be recognized.


If the noise is like a repetitive ticking or clicking. Well, the sorry to say that the hard drive had crashed... which makes the noise... And sorry to tell you that you cannot do anything but to buy another...

sorry... Fixya!!!

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Drive not being recognized, making weird noises?


I really hope I'm dead wrong on this one. But from the little bit you've described so far, my first guess would be that the loud clicking noise you're hearing is what is known as the 'click of death'.
From Wikipedia: "Click of death" is a term that became common in the late 1990s referring to the clicking sound in disk storage systems that signals the device has failed, often catastrophically." In other words, get out your original purchase receipt and/or warranty (if still valid) and get it replaced or your money back.

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