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My Book chatter

I own two of these external hard drives and both of them make a chattering noise when loading data. Does this mean that they are going to crash or something bad is about to happen?

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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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