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My hard drive is making clicking noises and will not go past loading windows screen. I assume i need a new hard drive is there a way to replace it and connect it and get the information of it?

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Think this is yet another Dell design flaw. The hard drive sits in a caddy which clips into fittings within the case. At the bottom of this caddy there is a fan for blowing air up into the bottom of the drive - these cases so compact, they can not rely on the cpu fan for airflow . All good so far. However, if your environment is a bit dusty (i.e. a normal home) the fan will deposit particles onto the drive controller board. Over time this will form a solid ring of (electrically conductive) dust. One day, the controller will just short-out completely and your drive will be dead. A rather pathetic clicking noise is a symptoms of a dead controller.

The only solution for data recovery is to buy a new drive with EXACTLY the same part number, rev level etc. and swap over the controller boards. Worked fine for me.

If you have an XPS 210 and is working ok - tak some time out to pop out the drive and give it a clean with an air duster to avoid buildup.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

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Yes, the hard drive may have a scratch you can replace it just load windows on the new and then boot from the new

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Take the HDD to local tech and they will do the backup

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