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Hard drive my hard drive is clicking and not being read.

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  • RylonJones Apr 25, 2008

    i have a maxtor 200G with the same problem and i can hear this small
    clicking sound inside like its trying to work but its just not

  • remek421 Oct 07, 2008

    I have a Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB that is doing the same thing.

  • icternol Oct 15, 2008

    I got the same problem with my Trekstor.
    I just had a powerout in my neighbourhood.
    After the power had been restored, I started up my PC.

    My external HD went berzerk and refuses to start up.
    Please help me!!

    The clicking sound drives me insane.



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I am having the same problem i have a wd200 20 gb hard drive it clicks when computer is turned. and it says detecting ide and stayes ther for ever and never turns on and so i just decided that it was bad so your external is probably burned

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Virus cannot cause hard drive to click. Most likely it has bad heads. This site should help you better diagnose the problem.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008


I had the same problem after it fell over.
i gave it a smack and it started working... i know this is extreme and sounds ridiculous, but it worked

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It might be because of virus,that stop you to enter your hard disk when you click on it..install anti virus like avg 7.5,mcafee ,norton to check for the virus .

also goto start >open Run>cmd to open command prompt and type
to check your driver for errors.

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