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Red light, "spinning, dropping noise"

Hi, I've had this drive (actually the 500gb one) since June 07. I have lots important home movies on it and all of my business photo's that I have not had time to back up to cd.(kicking myself now) This drive will recognize on the computer, but it take a long time to finally boot up and when I try to access the E drive file, it either will show the files but not let me copy them or it stalls. The red light is constant and it makes this awful spinning clicking sound. The best way to describe the noise it is if you put a cd into a drive, and as the cd spins, try and hold it down with your finger and that is the noise I'm getting. After a repetitive 2 min of that, it sounds like a little ball is dropping and bouncing within. It pauses shortly after, then starts all over again.

Does anyone know what's going on. Maybe my files are recoverable since I can access them.. in a way. Any help would be great! (oh, and are there any recommendations on data recovery companies?)

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Re: red light, "spinning, dropping noise"

There are some freeware that can recover data from problematic disks (like yours), formatted disks, repartitioned disks etc. since you said that the disk is recognized by the computer. You can try Disk Doctor NTFS, Recover My Files, etc. You may not be able to get all the files (depending on the problem of the disk which seems to be a spindle and platter problem), but at least you would be able to recover some.

I recovered a server recently just using one of these softwares.

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