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If you think of a hard drive as an old phonograph/record player it makes this easier to understand (assuming you are old enough to have seen a record player..SMILE) The data is stored on platters or circular metalic disks that spin at 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute. A "Head" or needle like arm extends from the corner of the drive and actually reads and rights data to those platters. When the arm motor goes bad the "HEAD ARM" typically will chatter against the HD case as the head doesnt stop where it should and hits the case. If your hard drive is still functional I would suggest backing up your data as this chattering always indicates an impending failure of that drive. If the chattering is happening and the drive is not being read then the motor has gone bad on teh arm already and its a goner. If the data has SIGNIFICANT value the platters can be remounted by a professional company and data retrieved but that service usually starts at about $1000 dollars and is usally used only by companies to recover data for business reasons.

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as dust will cause a lot of static which will make a computer overheat and cause lots of problems

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