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Your external drive has failed if its under warranty take it back to where you bought it from and get it replaced also search on youtube for videos about fixing failed hard drives i have never tried it myself but heard it is possible.

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Clicking noise and takes long to read


If the data is important I would highly recommend sending it to a specalised data recovery company, they have special hardware/software designed specifically to deal with failing hard drives. Digital Recovery (www.digitalrecovery.co.nz) are well priced and have all the gear to deal with this. If you data is not particularly important you could try removing it from the external case and imaging it in a Linux machine using dd_rescue. Download Ubuntu and install dd_rescue (sudo apt-get install dd_rescue) and have another blank drive installed then image the disk like this "dd_rescue /dev/sda dev/sdd, where sda is the faulty drive and sdd is the blank one, do not get these mixed up or you will overwrite your data.

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In most cases irregular sounds comming from HDD(Hard disk drive) mean reading failure. Clicking noise usually means that disk head is having trouble reading data, it could be just a small fraction of info lost if it's only a few sectors, but if the drive is unrecognized after plugging it in and clicks all the time it's most likely a complete HDD head fault. Data recovery of such faulty drive is expensive and requires special tools and knowledge.

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PS3 Clicking noise is associated with the hardware aspect, so that's your starting point it may come from the PS3 fan clicking, so do check out the fan if there's something that might have got stucked in between. Clogs from too much dust or dirt may also cause PS3 clicking sound.

PS3 clicking noise may also come from the hard drive. The hard drive are a bit noisy because of the mechanical parts and moving drive head when reading and storing data. Again, if the noise level is very minimal, there's no worry. PS clicking noise fro the hard drive that becomes too audible may signify that the hard drive is having mechanical problems and may soon broke down. At this point you may want to backup any data you have



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If you need to recover data off this hard disk, then there are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.

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The clicking comes fro damage done to the read/write head hitting either the swing stop or the heads are out of alignment and clicking the edge pf the platters. The drive is mechanically damaged and cannot be serviced with extensive cost. If you need the data, you will have to get the drive to a data retrieval company.

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If a hard drive is making a clicking noise then the hard drive is faulty.
The clicking noise is the read/write head banging back and forth across the disc platters.
You have no choice but to replace the hard drive.
If you are desperate to recover data off this hard disk then there are companies that can recover data from faulty hard disks BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.

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Clicking noises are bad! It generaly means that the arm that reads the data is breaking or is broken. I hope you have back up of the data because to get it fixed is not worth the cost.

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