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My hard drive was making a clicking noise and now is not being recognized on my pc?? Is it repairable or operable? How?

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That "Clicking" sound" is the death rattle of a drive, sorry, I have experienced this many many times. Generally they cannot be easily fixed. One can try to get an exactly the same drive and remove the Motherboard off a Brand New drive, and replace the MB, on the "Faulty" drive, if the board is your problem, You must be prepared to "Blow up" that new board too. If sucessful, then usually it will, "just work" as it was before. If it is the drives "internals" There isn't much more one can do. If however the data is imperitive, there are places, that for a price, will recover the data 100% guarranteed.

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SOURCE: 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.

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SOURCE: Dropped Seagate 1.5 TB hard drive. Makes a noise

Probably not. A hard drive is very delicate and if dropped the lasers could have broken or even the discs.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009

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