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When turned on LAcie hard disk is noisy, then asks formatting

I have a LAcie 250 GB external HDD, when I turn it on, the disks gives off clac clac clac noise. When I try to access the hard disk , the computer asks me if I want to format the disk

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Please try it on another computer. It seems to be a hardware issue with the drive in case you are hearing a noise coming from it. In case it is under warranty, please get it replaced ASAP.

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