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Hard drive/externel I accidently pulld my us b connection lead out while my hardrive was running, it will not start and a cliking noise is heard

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  • mikeoregano Jun 08, 2008

    i have exactly the same problem from dropping mine.

  • tjmazz23 Sep 14, 2008

    yea i have a 500gb external hard drive with important files on it and it wont show up on my computer and it keeps making the clicking noise. is there ANY way to retrieve the data???


  • Johnnie Shields Feb 06, 2009

    what is the best way to retrieve the data

  • immiaccount May 05, 2009

    I too got same problem, my harddisk makes clicking sound and won't show in explorer any more, I don't know what happened, In the night I left it on in perfect working condition, when I woke up in morning It was making clicking sound.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    i just did the same damn thing..and all i want is to cry my heart out....does anyone know where i can find a decent price recoverydata expert.....i need my files and i'm broke at the same time

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Dear worldvet is there anyway we can reverse the effect? or is there a way to reposition the spindle arm...thanks

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But, will I be able to recover any data?

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Hello,

First, this is bad news I will give you so please don't rate this unless you feel I've answered your question to this problem. There is no fix but we do respect your opinion and understand your need to know 'for sure' what you probably already feel in the pit of your stomach..

A clicking noise from your hard drive is the read write spindle arm, which is much like that of a record player, when it doesn't not park itself successfully and the clicking noise is from the latch opening and closing.

This can happen suddenly from several causes, the one you posted loneranger19 will do it and mikeoregano a dropped hard drive will do this too.

However, if you are still under warranty most hard drive makers will replace the drive for you and some will not.

This is a hard lesson to learn. It has happened to all of us eventually. Especially we techs who have handled dozens of hard drives a year. Accidents do happen and I'm sorry for the bad news I am giving you.

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Worldvet

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