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The drive won't load it's making a clicking sound but doing nothing

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  • sandy_shull May 10, 2010

    Is there any way to retrieve the data off this drive? It is bad. I took it to Best Buy and they checked it and said it's dead. But surely there is a way to retrieve data......isn't there?

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Hi Sandy!
How are you?

To be honest, I must say that the clicking (or ticking) sound is not a good sign... :/
It usually means that the drive is practically dying - or dead already .

With that said, make sure the power adapter is connected properly to the drive as well as the USB cable.
Also, try using a different USB port on your computer, preferably a rear port (rather than the port at the front - on a desktop computer); Try using another USB cable as well.

If still unsuccessful, your last resort, with no great chances, is to disassemble the hard drive itself from the enclosure case and connect it directly to your computer...

If none had worked for you, I'm afraid you'll have to bid your drive farewell.

GOOD LUCK,
Pelu.

Posted on May 10, 2010

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    Ran Kedar May 10, 2010

    I've just read your last comment...
    As I've said, you can try disassemble the device, take off the HD and connect it to your computer, using a SATA data cable and power.

    If you manage to do so, but fail to get the HD working (at all), your only chance is to take it to a special store/lab which specialize in data recovery. I don't know how much it costs abroad, but I live in Israel and this procedure is quite expensive here (starting with about $150US for a recovery job, may get up to $500US - depends on the HD's condition)!

    Good luck again... Crossing my fingers for you!
    Pelu.

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Hello,

Put your hard drive back into your system, listen to the sound after you have put it back.

If its spinning sound you heard, after you have put it back, it means the hard drive is still good, all you need do is to change the case.

But if after you put it back, the sound you get is a cracking sound or the kind of clicking sound your hard drive is making, it means the hard drive is bad and will need to be replaced.

Take care.


Posted on May 08, 2010

  • Sulaimon Jimoh Olayemi May 11, 2010

    Hello,






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    I told you initially that the hard
    drive is bad already,



    Their is no way you can retrieve data off the hard drive because one, the hard
    drive is not booting and recognize in your system , so you cannot
    access it.



    Secondly, since the hard drive is bad, all the data stored on it are corrupt
    and gone and can not be retrieved.



    This is the excess of backing up files from hard drive when they are still in
    use, because of unpredicted incident like this.



    Am so sorry to say this,Sorry, you cannot retrieve the data off the bad hard drive anymore.



    Take care.





  • Sulaimon Jimoh Olayemi May 11, 2010

    Hello,

    I told you initially that the hard drive is already bad.

    Their is no way you can retrieve data off the hard drive because one, the hard drive is not booting and recognize by your system, so you cannot access the hard drive since it is not booting or recognize.

    Secondly, since the hard drive is bad, all the data stored on it are corrupt and wiped off, and cannot be retrieve anymore.

    This is the excess of backing up data from hard drive when they are still in use because of unpredicted incident like this.

    Am so sorry to tell you this, you cannot retrieve the data from the bad hard drive anymore, they are gone.

    Take care.


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