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Failing hard drive

What can I do from here, if it is failing? Anything salvageable?

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Hey Glennlamp,

If it is just starting to fail, you can certainly salvage as much as you can before complete failure. Is it still recognized by the computer, copy as much data off as possible. If it is not recognized (already failed) you may have a bad enclosure. If the enclosure is bad, perhaps you can take it apart and hook up the drive as a slave in your computer. This will truly tell you if the drive is going bad or it was the enclosure. If the drive truly is bad, your only recourse is to send it in to get the data recovered by a data recovery company (plan on spending at least $300-$1000).

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Files from a back up

You should be able to plug the external hard drive into the new computer and restore. Generally the drivers needed to access the external driver are on the external drive itself. The operating system will detect the hard drive (if it has plug-and-play services running). If the new computer fails to see the external drive, check the cable and download the driver manually from the manufacture's website. If the drive is recognized by the operating system, but you do not see a prompt to restore from the backup, you may need to locate a setup program on the external hard drive to start the restore process.

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A light clicking sound followed after several minutes by a series of beeps, this is for a 60gb st96812as SEAGATE drive. Disk is unmountable with MACOS Disk Utility.

The clicking noise is possibly the reader arm skipping across the platters on your hard drive
a dirty hard first clean all of the dust from your computer using a fine air blower using a vacuum cleaner with no metal piping you might short your motherboard out if metal touches anything
or a fine air blower from a compressor making sure there is no MOISTURE in the air line then give the hard drive a firm tap on one side to free up the read arm
you could run the check disk utility
Click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which willscan for and attempt to repair any bad
sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive
then defragment your hard drive
don't do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer
It might be power or data trying to get a connection make sure all power and data leads are securely attached

if this fails you might have a dirty hard driver with the reader arm skipping across the platters on your hard drive

give the hard drive a firm tap on the side to free up the reader arm you might be able to get it going long enough to salvage your data or it might go for a longer time

or you might use the freeze hard drive

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WD-1018C clicking on and off

Your hard drive is failing, buy a new one and re-install soon then you might be able to salvage any files you need on the old one. If you keep using the failing one you will eventually be left with a "brick" and then file recovery will be very, very expensive if at all possible.

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My 500gb ext. seagates freeagent go is not detected in any pc, showing device driver software not fond, white light is blinking repeatedly...... please any solution

The drive is no longer recognized because the controller processor from the board inside it has failed. This is unfixable, the unit is dead. But you could salvage the actual hard disk inside it, it might still be operational and the data on it intact - just take it out and connect it directly inside a desktop.

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So my terabyte (external) is showing as a local disk hen i is saying "corrupt or unreadable" and when i go to properties it is showing all 0 of 0 is i stuck?

Hello Pmtarq, hi, there are two possible bad part, first your hard drive is really bad, you need to reformat your drive, all data will be lost. (this is the common solution) or second the device electronics is bad, you can not do anything if the device fails, all you can do is salvage the hard drive. (this is a long shot, but possible)

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Won't connect to computer; turns on just fine, but computer doesn't even register it. have tried connecting it to 2 computers, with no success.

Sounds like the internal interface card in the hard drive has failed. Luckily if you can hear the hard drive power up then your data is salvagable.

You have a couple of choices:

If you have the item still under warranty then get it replaced and they should provide either a data recovery or replacement of the internal board.

If not then open up the casing and disconnect the drive from the internal power and data cables. Purchase a USB to hard drive cable, which will allow you to transfer the data to another PC, or purchase a replacement hard drive enclosure, which may not look as good as the one you have, but will be just as functional. Enclosures can be purchased from a computer store, Amazon, Ebay etc for very little money.

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The hard drive has been damaged and is now defective. It has 2 drives so it may be possible to salvage one of the drives. This is why i always recommend the 2.5" drives because they are made to handle a lot more shock. A standard hard drive is not meant to take any shock at all especially in use.

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Deleted files in error

some of the files will still be there... depends on how much data was copied ....

the software i have successfully used before is called STELLAR PHOENIX although there are many other similar programs i am sure. some may be shareware though this one is not....

this program will look for the data string that occurs at the start of a photo or mp3 or document and try to salvage it...

google the phoenix

good luck, its complicated to use but does work...

very important not to save anything else on the drive. the more you use that drive the less you will salvage...

please rate if useful

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My usb 120 gb hdd not eng. say to me that pcb of that hdd is not can i get new pcb

You can get a new PCB board for most drives but ask your engineer if he's tested the drive with a different caddy first. If not ask him to try that, if the pcb board in the caddy is failed it's just easier and cheaper to buy a new caddy/enclosure for the drive than to find and purchase the board.

That being said if he's tested it already or does and confirms it's the PCB board for the harddrive that's failed, buy a new caddy anyway just to be safe and hit ebay. There are several reputable vendors who sell used boards from salvaged drives that you can purchase to get the drive up and running long enough to get you files off the drive.

If you have trouble finding one, get back to me with the HD, not the enclosures, PN, S/N Batch Number, Date Code and site code if available and I will see if I can locate one and direct you to it. If not your next best option will be to send the drive to a data recovery firm for salvage. In that case, provide me with your Country, State, City and I will recommend a nearby site that can accomodate you.


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