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My Book I have two of these external hard drives and both of them make a chattering noise when they are loading data. Does this mean that it is going to crash?

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No, this is just the little reader head getting the data off of the storage discs. One thing about WD Drives, is that they are not know for their silence. I have on of the 1tb My book drives, and when it powers on, or is in use it sounds like a tank is driving through my computer cabinet.

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When I attempt to load data onto never completes and it begins to vibrate and run hard until it ejects itself unproperly from the computer

The drive inside the MyBook is dead or in the process of dying. The drive needs to be returned to western digital for repair.

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My Book chatter

well interanl hard drive are going bad from back sectores u can do low level format on these with a tool suware from makers use windows slow format not quick to help or defrag them all that is just a reg hard dirve in there ok u can change it also reg style desktop hard drive ok

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How can I get my data off of my external hard drive? it makes a clicking noise and I cant find it in my explorer. It does show up in my administrative tools.


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The external hard drive (western digital) is making no noise when turned on and not registering on my computer - the green light is flashing/pulsing - does this mean error of some sort?

I have a seagate that did the same thing and I just restarted my computer with it plugged in. Now do this at your own risk, there is a possibility of data loss. Not a great percentage, but a risk none the less.

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I have a buffalo 500gb external hard drive. It has worked fine for me up until now. It has begun to make a clicking noise internally and it says that there is a (code 10) or not able to work. is there...

The chattering or clicking noise is the actuator arm inside the drive case trying to move and hitting side fo the case. Think of a record player. The platters inside your hard drive spin like a record does and the heads that read and write data are like the needle and arm that goes across the record. In yours the motor controlling the arm has gone bad. As it tries to initialize the motor the arm is hitting the side of the case. There is no hope for the drive itself. The data on the drive can be retrieved by an external vendor (, etc) but the cost is high and should only be cosidered if the work has high value monetarily.

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My wd external hardrive is not recognized anymore on my pc. I have tried on other pcs and tried different usb cables and nothing. I do not want to reformat the drive because I have important information...

Hi. If you here some clicking noise then your external hard drive might be busted already.

Try to contact a local tech and see if he can still pull out your data from there.

Hope you'll be able to extract your files back.

Have a great weekend!!!


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Hey, dropped my external hdd a couple of feet, i'm going to try freezing it when i buy a new one later today, but the problem is it was a nearly full 1tb drive - whats the best way to get as much data as...

Make sure you are ready to recover your data ASAP. That means have your other hard drive installed and ready for data recovery.

If you are able to freeze your hard drive and begin the process and you are unable to get all your data, you can try freezing it again for a long period of time (24 hrs) try the process again. If you can not you might be out of luck.

Good Luck!

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Help!! Western digital 500gb external hard drive ticking noise

Yes. This is going to sound strange. Put the drive in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Next day, take it out, hook it up, and see if it is recognized.

If so, under My computer, right click on the drive - click Properties - then Tools, then Error Checking. Check box Automatically Fix File System Errors. Let it run. If everything shows up, be ready to transfer wnat you want off of it.

Freezing shrinks the metal parts . Microscopically, but often enough to get stuck parts free enough to get working.

I just went through this with a 750Gig Book. now i have reformatted the drive (after transferring all over to new drive) and the clicking is gone and all disk checks are fine and i wonder whether to trust this device ever again... Hate to just throw out a large drive.

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WD My Book 500 GB external drive sometimes clicks, but still works?

Does it seem to work properly and in a timely fashion? If so don't worry about it. Since it is an external drive it may be slightly quieter than you are used to. Laptop HDDs barely make a sound....

Also keep in mind if there is hardly any data on it, it's not going to have to make much noise to begin with.

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