Drive making loud clicking sound when spinning up and won't mount
I am out of Lacie warranty and opened the case to see if I could swap out the drive...when I opened it there were two drives, both identical 250GB Hitachi Deskstars. Guess this is a RAID 0 unit. Anyway, I individually tested both drives and both make that loud click sound when booting up. They do not mount on my MAC desktop.
Can I get new drives and put them in? Do they have to be the same drives or can I get larger ones? I think with the hardware RAID 0 they have to be indentical to each other...
Re: Drive making loud clicking sound when spinning up and...
Typically, RAID0 requires identical drives.(size) If you mix brands though; there may be subtle factors that cause problems. WD's 250GB might be a "251.2GB" vs. Hitachi might have a 245.44GB ..
As long as your close (in a PC) you should be fine. However, best practice would be to match the drives.
Keep in mind with enclosures: heat is the enemy. Plastic holds heat; and the next set of drives will die the same way. At TechRx, Inc. http://techrxgb.com I recommend aluminum or some type of metal for an enclosure.
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The irregular clicking or chunking sound usually indicates that your hard drive is suffering from physical damage.immediately backup your data, your hard disk will die soon.
This problem can be caused by the following:
If your hard disk is under warranty then you contact your manufacturer.
Hard disk drive occasionally produces a whirring sound when it searches for a file which is heavily fragmented. This is caused by the spinning platters as the read-write heads zoom back and forth to access the sectors where the data is stored. It is important to distinguish the whirling sound from the clicking sound. This whirring sound can be reduced by periodically defragmenting your hard drive. Defragmenting reorganizes the scattered data on the hard drive to make files and programs run faster. It relocates the commonly accessed files to the beginning of the hard disk where data can load at a faster rate.
Sounds as though the interface card, between the hard drive and connector panel at the rear has packed up. If it is out of warranty it is worth opening and connecting to a separate cable. You will most likely be lucky.
First check the LaCie power supply. I have a D2 HARD DISK EXTREME 250GB model 300770 that had this exact problem. I swapped out the power supply for the higher wattage unit from LaCie and presto, the drive functioned properly. Not saying this will fix your problem but I have personally had this exact problem. If not take the drive and mount it in a PC IDE/EIDE disk slot and see if you can mount the drive and recover your data (points to LaCie controller problem). Note opening the drive invalidates your LaCie warranty. Also note the warranty on my drive was one years and had long since passed. If that does not work, your last alternative it to use a disk data recovery service but that is big $$$$s. Bon Chance!
It does not sound good, the hard drive may be faulty or even the drive enclosure could be faulty.
Try thr following:-
1. Take the LaCie drive and connect it to another MAC, if it reads the drive, your in luck.
2. Dismantle the drive case and remove the hard drive and reconnect it again (a few times). The drive may need reseating to make proper electrical connection. Test it in your MAC.
3. The LaCie case could be faulty, remove the drive and insert it into another working LaCie drive case. Test it in your MAC.
4. If the hard drive is faulty, there are hard drive data recovery companies that can retrieve your data, but it will cost you an arm and a leg for their service.
In future I would not rely on a single device for backing up important data. You should get 2 LaCie drives or a dat tape drive plus a LaCie drive and/or burn the data on BlueRay disks.
You should also protect your computer and devices against lightning strikes, power outages/blackouts and power surges with an UPS (uninterruptable power supply), especially when you are editing, burning, copying/back up your data.
I solved the problem. It was a power supply problem. It seems after searching boards on the net, this is a common problem with the lacie hard drives. Just replace the power if your hard drive is clicking and not mounting. I think many people must be throwing the drives away thinking they are lost when it is just the power supply. Try this first before trashing it or spending a lot of money on data recovery programs/