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External USB drive making clicking noise - Windows does not recognize it!

My external hard drive is making a clicking noise and isn't being detected by XP or Vista.
long story is - the HDD fell on the floor, after which it was still being detected by Windows (i even copied stuff to it after that).
However some folders were making my XP freeze up so i connected it to my Vista. Vista HDD repair tool came up so I ran the repair... since then the HDD makes a clicking noise and isn't being detected by Windows anymore.
any help will be sooooo appreciated!!!! my life is summerized in that thing :-(

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  • becky1983 May 23, 2008

    well its already crashed as i said windows isn't detecting it anymore... is there any way i can force windows to detect it or anything like that? if i could just get windows to detect it long enuff to copy some data over it'd be amazing...



    thanks for your help!!! :-)

  • becky1983 Aug 14, 2008

    do you mean run chkdsk on my computer? but my pc isn't even detecting the external hdd...

  • becky1983 Aug 14, 2008

    do you mean run chksk on my own pc? my pc isn't even recognizing the external hdd ..

  • chaxterium Sep 02, 2008

    The drive used to work perfectly for months. But now when I connect it to my computer I hear the normal Windows sound that is played anytime a USB cable is connected but the HD doesn't show up in "My Computer"and I cannot access it. Sometimes if I unplug it and try again it works, but now it doesn't even seem to be doing that.

  • jaybkird Sep 30, 2008

    exact problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!any recommendation on good tech help that is reasonably priced?thanx!!record company needs very important files!!!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    same prob brah

  • sangeeta83 Feb 28, 2009

    facing the same problem...was anyone able to solve this.......
    please emmail me the solution at sangeeta83@gmail.com.
    dire need of help. Plzzz someone help!!


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Do the CHKDSK it works

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It is going to crash soon as the platter seems to broken it is non repairable yes but u can save the data by taking help of any good tech

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Cant detect hdd


Hi Martin...

The problem is being caused by the Logical Disk Manager
Administrative service and possibly the logical Disk Manager service
not being started or the services might be disabled. to solve the
problem, click on the "Start" menu, click the "Run" command, and then type
in the box: services.msc , scroll down until you see both the above services.
right click on each of the services about and select properties, on the
general tab, change the startup type to "automatic" and click the start
button under the service status. do this for both of the services, and
that should will fix your problem."
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For Windows 2000 and XP:
Right click on My Computer.
Choose Manage (This will open the Computer Management window).
Go to the Storage category and select Disk Management
Right click the new drive (usually listed as Hard Disk 1) and "initialize"
You now have the option to partition and format the drive.
The default settings of Primary Partition and NTFS- Quick Format are recommended for most users.

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External hard drive can not be recognized, are more common on computer
failures, what's the reason caused this failure?
1, Setting the CMOS parameters
If you never used the USB external device, there may occur the case:
The system can not detect USB hard drive even if the driver is properly
installed, which was mainly due to the motherboard CMOS default port is closed, if not set to
open state, it naturally Windows can not detect the external hard drive. In order to solve this
problem, we can re-boot into the CMOS settings, and set "Assign IRQ For USB" to "Enable" in
"PNP / PCI CONFIGURATION" column, now the system can be assigned to the USB port available
interrupt address.
2, Power shortage
As the USB drive need to consume some power when it at work, if directly through the USB interface
to take power, the power supply may be not enough. Thus, almost all of the external hard drive
comes with a separate external power supply or a PS2 keyboard to take power transfer interface,
at this time you should connect external power supply or through the transfer cable ps2 connected
to keyboard to ensure that it have provided adequate power to the external hard disk,
recommended that you should ensure the external hard drive have adequate power supply when you
use it, otherwise, the external hard disk is likely to be damaged due to insufficient power
supply.
3, USB extension cable fault
USB interface type does not match the external hard disk interface ,this case caused it can not
be used. For example the standard USB interface of the computer configuration is 1.1, while the
external hard drives purchased are USB 2.0, which requires the cable connected computers and
external hard disk must support USB 2.0 standard. Because high-speed mobile device plug in a
low-speed hub, the device may not be properly installed, and some people use external hard disk
while using USB flash drives, For convenience, they directly used USB 1.1 standard cable that
supplied by USB flash drives, as a result, the USB 2.0 standard hard drive not be recognized
correctly. Just replace it by the USB 2.0 standard cable can solve this problem.
4, Windows version is too low
Pre-Windows 98 operating system does not support USB peripherals, so in any case to install the
driver, set the CMOS parameters are unable to make normal use of external hard disk. In this
case, one solution is to upgrade the operating system up to Windows 98, another way is to
Microsoft's official site, download the appropriate patch to make it can identify mobile hard
disk.
5, The system is set incorrectly
When installed driver, the external hard disk icon will be seen on the Device Manager for some
Windows 98 users, but the Explorer does not include the corresponding letter identification,
which is improper system settings. In the Device Manager, double-click the Hard Drive icon, and
click the pop-up window in the "Properties" button, and you could see disconnect, could be
deleted, synchronous data transmission and Int 13 unit four options, of which "could be deleted "
is no tick in front of the system, and simply check this option to restart your computer, you can
see in the Explorer, the new external hard disk drive letter.
While the failure of the external hard disk does not recognized are more the reasons, but
generally not the USB interface or external hard disk's own fault, so it requiring us to consider
some more from around the association when exclude it, I believe you can successfully use the
external hard disk.
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Hi I had the same problem and solved it like this assuming that you are running windows xp

With your external casing powered-up (it does not get power through USB does it?) and your WinXP
PC running, plug in the USB.
You should hear 'chime', what happens then?
If harddisk is recognised here, but does NOT have a drive-letter and cannot be seen in Windows
Explorer, the answer is in Windows Disk Management
...
Go Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. ( on left column)
Maximize this page. Physical Drives appear at the bottom; Logical Drives at the top.
Hopefully your drive will appear at the bottom (physically), you must then 'import' it into the
Windows installation
; Windows will put its 'signature' on the drive and assign it a logical drive letter :^)
you can try to format it here if it is new and has no info on it , check back to My computer and see if present.

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My Windows 7 cannot recognize my Sata/usb connector


USB hard drive is a portable external storage device that works just like a conventional hard drive. The device is simply plugged into a USB port on your computer as you would connect a flash drive. Unlike a flash drive, however, a USB hard drive can store a much larger amount of data. If your computer will not recognize your USB hard drive, you can try troubleshooting steps to resolve the problem.

Plug one end of the USB cable into the port on your hard drive and plug the other end into the USB port of your computer. Ensure that both ends of the cable are connected securely. Open "My Computer" (Windows XP) or "Computer" (Windows Vista/7). The USB device should be listed as "removable disk" once it is plugged into the computer. If it is not listed among the available drives on your computer, proceed to the next step. Ensure that the data cable is working properly. Try another USB cable if you have one available. Disconnect all other USB devices from the computer as they may interfere with the operating system detecting the external hard drive. Reboot the computer if the USB hard drive is still not recognized. Plug the USB cable into another USB port and check to see if the device is detected. If you are using a USB hub, remove the device and plug the external hard drive directly into a USB port. If the computer still fails to recognize the device, the external hard drive itself may be experiencing a hardware problem. Check the status of the hard drive in the "Device Manager" window. Under Windows XP, right click "My Computer" and select "Device Manager." For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the "Windows" button in the lower left corner of the screen, then type "Computer Management" in the search bar and press "Enter." Select "Device Manager" in the "Computer Management" window. In the Device Manager window, click the "+" sign that appears beside "Disk Drives." If the external drive is not listed, click "Other Devices" in the Device Manager window and see if an "Unknown Device" appears. The external hard drive may have been detected but the device is not working properly. If it is still under warranty, take the device to the computer store where it was purchased to have it repaired or replaced. Hope this helps.

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Not recognice by usb hard


A USB hard drive is a portable external storage device that works just like a conventional hard drive.

The device is simply plugged into a USB port on your computer as you would connect a flash drive.


Unlike a flash drive, however, a USB hard drive can store a much larger amount of data.


If your computer will not recognize your USB hard drive, you can try troubleshooting steps to resolve the problem.

Plug one end of the USB cable into the port on your hard drive and plug the other end into the USB port of your computer. Ensure that both ends of the cable are connected securely.


Open "My Computer" (Windows XP) or "Computer" (Windows Vista/7).

The USB device should be listed as "removable disk" once it is plugged into the computer.


If it is not listed among the available drives on your computer, proceed to the next step.

Ensure that the data cable is working properly.


Try another USB cable if you have one available.

Disconnect all other USB devices from the computer as they may interfere with the operating system detecting the external hard drive.

Reboot the computer if the USB hard drive is still not recognized.


Plug the USB cable into another USB port and check to see if the device is detected.

If you are using a USB hub, remove the device and plug the external hard drive directly into a USB port.


If the computer still fails to recognize the device, the external hard drive itself may be experiencing a hardware problem.


Check the status of the hard drive in the "Device Manager" window. Under Windows XP, right click "My Computer" and select "Device Manager."


For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the "Windows" button in the lower left corner of the screen, then type "Computer Management" in the search bar and press "Enter."


Select "Device Manager" in the "Computer Management" window. In the Device Manager window, click the "+" sign that appears beside "Disk Drives."


If the external drive is not listed, click "Other Devices" in the Device Manager window and see if an "Unknown Device" appears.


The external hard drive may have been detected but the device is not working properly.

If it is still under warranty, take the device to the computer store where it was purchased to have it repaired or replaced.


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Externel harddrive will not open on computer and keeps making a beeping noise


If your USB drive is not being recognized by your computer when you plug it in

try unplugging it, and also unplugging any other USB devices that are connected.


All USB devices, even those that have an external power supply, draw a portion of their power directly from the USB bus.


If you have too many devices connected to the same USB controller, problems such as a drive not being recognized can result.

Incompatible File System

The Mac-operating system can read drives formatted under the FAT32 and NTFS file systems used by Windows, but Windows will not recognize HFS, the file system used by Mac OS.

If you connect an HFS-formatted external drive to a computer running Windows, the drive will spin up but Windows will not respond.

The drive will have to be used with a Mac, or reformatted using a disk-partitioning utility.


Drive Disconnected from Power

Some external hard drives have the option of drawing all their power from the USB bus, or receiving supplemental power from a wall outlet.


If your drive will not operate using power from the USB bus only, connect the power supply. Many drives do not have this option; they will not operate unless they are connected to both a power outlet and a USB port.


Driver Update Required

Some older motherboards may require updated USB drivers to properly utilize a modern USB 2.0 device.


If you have exhausted all the basic troubleshooting steps above, visit the website of your motherboard's manufacturer and look for updated USB drivers.


Also, ensure that your Windows installation is fully up to date.

Corrupted Files

USB hard drives are susceptible to data corruption if either the power or USB cables are disconnected during a write operation.

Over time, this could lead to a situation in which Windows will be unable to write to the drive correctly.

To have Windows attempt to fix corrupted files, run Scandisk by right-clicking on the drive after double-clicking on "My Computer." Click Properties > Tools > Error Checking. Click the two check boxes to have Windows attempt to fix errors and bad sectors.


Click "OK" to start the operation.

Depending on the size of your hard drive and the speed of your computer, this operation can take a few hours to complete.

Failing Hardware

If your drive is still not being recognized, but it is making audible noises when it is plugged in, the drive may be failing.


Nearly every hard drive manufacturer distributes a free utility to check the drives that they make for errors.

Visit the manufacturer's website to download this utility.


If the drive is failing, the utility will most likely be able to detect it.

Contact the manufacturer for a replacement if the drive is under warranty.



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Externel harddrive will not open on computer and keeps making a beeping noise


If your USB drive is not being recognized by your computer when you plug it in

try unplugging it, and also unplugging any other USB devices that are connected.


All USB devices, even those that have an external power supply, draw a portion of their power directly from the USB bus.


If you have too many devices connected to the same USB controller, problems such as a drive not being recognized can result.

Incompatible File System

The Mac-operating system can read drives formatted under the FAT32 and NTFS file systems used by Windows, but Windows will not recognize HFS, the file system used by Mac OS.

If you connect an HFS-formatted external drive to a computer running Windows, the drive will spin up but Windows will not respond.

The drive will have to be used with a Mac, or reformatted using a disk-partitioning utility.


Drive Disconnected from Power

Some external hard drives have the option of drawing all their power from the USB bus, or receiving supplemental power from a wall outlet.


If your drive will not operate using power from the USB bus only, connect the power supply. Many drives do not have this option; they will not operate unless they are connected to both a power outlet and a USB port.


Driver Update Required

Some older motherboards may require updated USB drivers to properly utilize a modern USB 2.0 device.


If you have exhausted all the basic troubleshooting steps above, visit the website of your motherboard's manufacturer and look for updated USB drivers.


Also, ensure that your Windows installation is fully up to date.

Corrupted Files

USB hard drives are susceptible to data corruption if either the power or USB cables are disconnected during a write operation.

Over time, this could lead to a situation in which Windows will be unable to write to the drive correctly.

To have Windows attempt to fix corrupted files, run Scandisk by right-clicking on the drive after double-clicking on "My Computer." Click Properties > Tools > Error Checking. Click the two check boxes to have Windows attempt to fix errors and bad sectors.


Click "OK" to start the operation.

Depending on the size of your hard drive and the speed of your computer, this operation can take a few hours to complete.

Failing Hardware

If your drive is still not being recognized, but it is making audible noises when it is plugged in, the drive may be failing.


Nearly every hard drive manufacturer distributes a free utility to check the drives that they make for errors.

Visit the manufacturer's website to download this utility.


If the drive is failing, the utility will most likely be able to detect it.

Contact the manufacturer for a replacement if the drive is under warranty.



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The pc does not detect the usb drive, the usb flashes. But nothing comes up


Make sure it is inserted all the way into the usb port. If nothing comes up, this doesn't mean it isn't connected, it just means autoplay isn't on. Once it is plugged in, go to the start menu > computer. This will open a folder with all your drives, both internal and external. Double click on your flash drive's icon to open it.

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your External Hard Drive will be detected

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Hard drive clicks several times when turned on,


I have to say from the sounds you describe the Hard Drive is totally destroyed, the noises you can hear are the mechanical parts inside grinding and clanking together. If the information is critical it may be recovered by a specialist data recovery company, but we are talking £100's even £1000's to do the job, so otherwise I would suggest taking case apart and buying a new hard drive for it.

Sorry its not what you want to hear but it sounds very terminal to me.

The reason the PC can detect a device is that it can see the Interface card that sits between the USB port and the Hard Drive.

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External USB drive making clicking noise - Windows does not recognize it!


The drive is damadged bad. youll have to go to a data recovery centre, but that can cost $700+ if you really want your data back.

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