Question about Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 Hard Disk 80GB, 7200RPM, ATA-6, 2MB Cache, Desktop, 20PACK (HDS728080PLAT200A3021020PK) Hard Drive

1 Answer

Sticking? When turning power on the external HD keeps making a constant pulsing sound. it does not load up? The HD is full and i wanting to save data on it? or at least transfer. Is the HDrepairable without losing data?

Posted by on

  • peterdr1953 Feb 03, 2008

    yes will try anything once/ If only could get a list of what files I have lost woul be useful

×

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 6,966 Answers

Hi,

Most hard drives (whether external or internal) that produces a "constant pulsing sound" indicates a mechanical problem. Often this is the head arm trying to move from its position but failing to do so. What you are hearing as pulses are when it slaps back to its park position.

Should this be the case, am afraid that the HD is a goner. The normal course of action is to replace. If the data inside are mission critical, your only course of action is to avail of those data recovery by firm specializing in such but they are rather expensive.

Trying to use "data recovery software" might prove to be futile since as earlier stated, the problem is mechanical in nature.

You can of course still give it a try.

Should you feel adventurous, would be willing to experiment and gamble, pls post back as I may have not a permanent solution but a "down & dirty" trick of making it run long enough hopefully to get some of your data back. Again, this is a "hit or miss" and should only be considered if all else fails and you really want to get your files back.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back as requested, how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Feb 04, 2008

    Hello again Peter,

    Gambling in this instance is either "you get what you want or you loose everything"... having said that, pls:
    1. physically remove the HD from its external enclosure exposing and thereafter removing the cable connector (SATA or IDE) and the 4-wire power connector. You may need to pry it since some manufacturers use a glue of some sort to lock it in place;
    2. place the HD in question in a zip lock plastic bag (used in sandwiches). Try to get as much air as possible out of the plastic bag. Freeze the plastic bag with the HD inside overnight (the fridge's freezer would do just fine);
    3. on the following day, sans the HD, power up the PC, let it boot and run your Windows normally; Open "My Computer" and click on your C drive, create a new folder "whatever", once created, open and leave it so. Open another instance of "My Computer", let it be for the time being;
    4. Remove frozen HD from freezer and from the plastic bag. Rather quickly, connect the attachments/connectors in place to the HD and plug in the USB to the PC (of course power must be applied to the external HD);
    5. Wait for the HD to be recognized by the PC and shows in the 2nd "My Computer". Once shown, right click to "Open" and do the normal copy/paste not cut/paste. You have to do this quickly since soon as the HD reaches room temp, chances are the HD will be back to the "slapping" mode;
    6. If the partition is gone or if the PC says the HD is "unformatted", you need to be running a recovery software such as "GetDataBack" which of course would be better if you have downloaded, installed earlier and be running when you hook up the defective HD.
    7. The above steps (except # 6) could be repeated as many times as you want if you are successful in the first try.

    I hope you success... Pls post back any developments.

    Cheers.

×

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

3 Answers

Proper or Best way to use my newly installed WD SATA external Hard Drive;


The files are placed on the drive by you. Unless someone setup a special application files will not automatically migrate to another drive. You would not generally want them to because they would never be where you left them and be much harder to find. Primarily you will want to be moving data files and not application files (unless you uninstall from the internal drive and reinstall to the external drive) You can open my computer and find both drives -- you can drag/drop folders (containing only data, mp3s, videos, etc) between drives. I always like to check these moves by doing a right mouse click selecting properties on each folder separately to assure that an equal number of folders and files were copied before deleting them off of the smaller drive.

I emphasize again moving programs in this fashion will cause them to break. If you have large and seldom used applications you can uninstall them then using the installation process and media provided by the manufacturer then reinstall them choosing the external drive as the destination..

I hope this helps.

Dec 09, 2007 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD SATA...

1 Answer

My iqon hard drive will power up but i cant access it


Clicking sound on an external hard drive is an indication that it's quiting to work. You mentioned that it's just stopped working, you may need to check the Disk Management of your computer to see if you could still reformat it. To do this, please follow the steps below:

FOR WINDOWS XP AND VISTA:

1. Make sure that the HD is properly connected to the computer.
2. Right-click 'My Computer' or 'Computer' folder and then go to "Manage".
3. Locate and click Disk Management.
4. Then, take note of the drive letters that will appear on the screen.
5. While the Disk Management window is opened, unplug the HD and check which drive letter will disappear.
6. If a drive letter disappears, then that is your external 250GB HD. You may reformat it to make it work again.

NOTE: Reformatting the HD will erase all the files saved in it. You may want to bring your HD in any data recovery center to retrieve the important files. If the HD didn't show up under your Disk Management, then there's nothing that we could do but to bring your HD in to the Data Recovery to save the files.

FOR MACINTOSH OSX:

1. Connect your HD to the computer.
2. Click 'Go' (located near the Apple icon, Finder, File, Edit and View).
3. Select Utilities and then click the Disk Utility Icon.
4. Take note the drive letters and then unplug the HD.

If a drive letter disappears, that's your HD. If nothing disappears, then the computer no longer detecting the HD.

Good luck!

Source

Nov 26, 2012 | Hard Drives

2 Answers

It make tic noise when the hard drive is running


This sound is the heads of the disk hitting. The drive should be backed up immediately to another.
You can put this drive into a drive enclosure to clone it to another.
This drive will stop working and there is no telling how soon that failure will occur.

Jun 06, 2010 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160...

1 Answer

Weird clicking sounds


Clicking sound on an external hard drive is an indication that it's quiting to work. You mentioned that it's just stopped working, you may need to check the Disk Management of your computer to see if you could still reformat it. To do this, please follow the steps below:

FOR WINDOWS XP AND VISTA:

1. Make sure that the HD is properly connected to the computer.
2. Right-click 'My Computer' or 'Computer' folder and then go to "Manage".
3. Locate and click Disk Management.
4. Then, take note of the drive letters that will appear on the screen.
5. While the Disk Management window is opened, unplug the HD and check which drive letter will disappear.
6. If a drive letter disappears, then that is your external 250GB HD. You may reformat it to make it work again.

NOTE: Reformatting the HD will erase all the files saved in it. You may want to bring your HD in any data recovery center to retrieve the important files. If the HD didn't show up under your Disk Management, then there's nothing that we could do but to bring your HD in to the Data Recovery to save the files.

FOR MACINTOSH OSX:

1. Connect your HD to the computer.
2. Click 'Go' (located near the Apple icon, Finder, File, Edit and View).
3. Select Utilities and then click the Disk Utility Icon.
4. Take note the drive letters and then unplug the HD.

If a drive letter disappears, that's your HD. If nothing disappears, then the computer no longer detecting the HD.

Good luck!

Jun 01, 2009 | Iomega (33215) 250 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

Maxtor 3200 external hd not working


I would attempt to connect the drive after the system has booted up. If the external drive is found and accessible copy the data to another drive. If the external refuses to be recognized, allow the drive to cool completely 2-3 hrs, place the unit in a freezer for 2-3 hrs and then try the procedure again. Often times when the drive units or platters within the HD begin to fail you get symptoms as you have described. Super cooling the drive sometimes allows you to remove the data. If not and the data contained within the drive is valuable to you there are software solutions as well as companies that specialize in the data recovery field.

Apr 25, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

1 Answer

My hitachi makes a clicking sound


i'm afraid if you would have damaged the cylinders inside...
if yours hd is under warranty you can try it with a computer repairman...else if would cost you more of the secure recovery of the data in the hd..

thankyou

Aug 31, 2008 | Hitachi 200GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

1 Answer

Maxtor One Touch


The harddrive itself has gone bad, only solution would be to replace the HDD inside the enclosure :-( sorry.

Sep 15, 2007 | Maxtor OneTouch II Hard Drive

1 Answer

URGENT HELP NEEDED (editing a film) G4 0S 10.4


It sounds as if the enclosure has failed. IF THE DRIVE IS GETTING POWER, but not making strange noises, you may just need to extract the drive from the enclosure. Keep your fingers crossed. If the drive has been affected, data recovery may be the solution. Good luck.

Sep 06, 2007 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

1 Answer

Icon missing on desktop


It sounds like your external hard drive is physically damaged. Just like an engine in a car, the drive is constantly running, anywhere from 4200 to 7200rpm. When you hear the drive making " sounds ", outside of when you power it up, you should only hear a whir of some sort, and possibly the sound of it writing or reading. You may need data recovery software or services.

Sep 06, 2007 | FireLite (USBFLB80) Hard Drive

Not finding what you are looking for?
Hard Drives Logo

Related Topics:

153 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Hitachi Hard Drives Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

63242 Answers

joecoolvette
joecoolvette

Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Are you a Hitachi Hard Drive Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...