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Drive failed, it just clicks on booting. How can I change the circuit board on the drive or insert my platters into a new case of same model? I have a tremendous amount of data on drive that cannot be replaced. This was my backup drive. I cannot afford to pay to have the data professionally restored.

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Remove the hard drive it must be in a totally pure enviroment which means no dust or any foreign particles in the air to open up the hard drive
give the hard drive a firm tap on one side to free up the read arm the reader arm you might be able to get it up and running long enough to salvage all of your data/might even last forever then you might cleaning all of the dust from your computer using a fine air blower from an air compressor making sure there is no moisture in the air line
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Boot device not found, insert a boot disk and press any key

The "no bootable devices found" error can create headaches, as well as occasional heartache if you're a laptop user. This error appears when your computer is unable to find a device or file required for normal operation. It could indicate one of three issues: hard drive failure, software error or motherboard malfunction. Any of these potential problems can render your laptop useless. Hard drive failure or software errors can lead to data loss, which can cause anguish and catastrophe, depending on the files business information, family photos, student projects at risk.
Hard Drive Failure
The interior of a hard drive is akin to a turntable. Most hard drives contain two to three discs, known as platters, which are similar to records. These platters are read and written on by a tiny needle called the read/write head, similar to the arm and needle on a turntable. When a hard drive functions properly, the platters spin and the read/write head accesses the files necessary to boot your computer. Improper function of any of these physical pieces can cause a mechanical failure and result in the "no bootable devices" error. Software Error
In rare instances, a software problem more specifically, a particularly nasty virus may cause the "no bootable devices" error.
Most often, if a virus attacks and corrupts your system, your computer can still detect the hard drive and operating system, and you'll see some attempt at a normal boot.
If a virus attacks certain system and startup files, however, they may not be detectable next time you boot your computer, thus causing you to see "no bootable devices."
This may also happen if you are manually deleting files from your computer and accidentally delete system files.
Sometimes individual components of your laptop's motherboard malfunction, which can cause problems ranging from loss of wireless capabilities to inability to detect an external power source.
If the components that detect your hard drive fail, your laptop is unable to receive signals from the hard drive and therefore may display the "no bootable devices" error.
Fixing a "no bootable devices" error can prove costly.
If motherboard failure caused the error, you're probably better off purchasing a new laptop; unless it's under warranty; the average motherboard replacement costs $250 to $500.
You can reinstall your operating system to resolve software errors, which is fairly inexpensive by computer repair standards, costing $80 to $130 dollars, but this step may also overwrite your existing data.
In some cases, data may prove so badly corrupted it's not salvageable.
If you can recover it, however, that raises your repair costs. additional fee.
If hard drive failure caused your "no bootable devices" error, you can replace the drive.
If you need to recover data from a malfunctioning hard drive, send it to a clean room for recovery.
In a clean room, technicians disassemble your hard drive and image each platter; this kind of data recovery is extremely expensive, costing up to $2000 depending on the work involved.
There is no way to guarantee you will never receive a "no bootable devices" error, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent it from happening.
Keep your laptop on a flat surface when using it, and avoid any bumps that may cause the hard drive's read/write mechanism to lock up.
Avoid transporting your laptop while the hard drive is active; turn your computer off while traveling.
Additionally, regularly run an anti-malware program to catch and remove viruses or spyware before they cause system problems.

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Turn on your HP laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 and press the "Esc" key repeatedly to access the startup Menu. Press "F10" to access the BIOS.
Press "F9" to restore the BIOS to its default settings. Press "Enter" to verify that you want to restore the BIOS default settings.
Press "F10" to save your changes and exit the BIOS. Press "Enter" to confirm that you want to save the BIOS changes and continue booting up the laptop.
HP Hard Disk Test
Hold the Power button down for 15 seconds when the laptop is turned on to turn off the laptop.
Press the Power button again to turn on the laptop and press the "Esc" key repeatedly to access the startup Menu.
Press "F2" to access the System Diagnostics.
Click "Hard Disk Test" to begin testing the hard drive.
If "Pass" is displayed after all of the tests then the program fixed the error.
If "Fail" is displayed after any of the tests, proceed to Section 3 if you are using Windows Vista and Section 4 if you are using Windows 7.
Recover Windows Vista Factory Settings
Click "Start," "All Programs," "Recovery Manager" and "Recovery Manager" again to open the HP Recovery Manager.
Click "Advanced Options," then click "System Recovery" and "Next."
The laptop will restart and will boot up to the HP Recovery Manager.
Click "System Recovery" and click "Next."
Click "No" when asked if you want to use Microsoft System Restore and click "Next."
Select "Recover without backing up your files" and click "Next."
Click "Next" to begin the recovery process.
When the process is finished the laptop will restart and boot to the Windows Vista setup screen.
Recover Windows 7 Factory Settings
Click "Start," "All Programs," "Recovery Manager" and "Recovery Manager" again to open the HP Recovery Manager.
Click "System Recovery."
The laptop will restart and will boot to HP Recovery Manager. Click "System Recovery," then click "Next."
Click "No" when asked if you want to use Microsoft System Restore and click "Next."
Click "Recover without backing up your files" and click "Next."
Click "Next" to begin the recovery process.
When the process is finished the laptop will restart and boot to the Windows 7 setup screen.

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Reasons why Hard Drives fail.

A hard drive's file system may become corrupted or damaged due to a virus or software malfunction, but this is not a true drive failure because in most cases you can reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system and everything is back to normal. Hard drives fail due to a malfunction in their mechanical or electrical components.

The following picture illustrates the major components inside a hard drive:


The following is a list of the most common mechanical failures that can happen.

1. The spindle motor can malfunction. The spindle motor works much the same way that cd-rom or dvd player spindle motor works and is located in the middle of the hard drive platters. In a hard drives case, it's job is to spin the platters.

2. The read/write heads malfunction or the actuator arm malfunctions and prevents the read/write heads from reading the data stored on the hard discs (the platters). The picture below shows a closer view of the platters, actuator arm, and read/write head.


3. The hard discs themselves can become damaged by rough handling (dropped) or can in some cases become scratched by the read/write heads if they touch the disc.


4. On the back side of the hard drive case you will see where the cable and power supply plugs in and you will also see where the jumpers are. These contain small pins and can easily be bent or broken.


5. Another problem that can occur is the cables and ribbons themselves become loose and do not make a proper connection or the cable themselves can become damaged. The power cable can also become damaged or malfunction.

Picture of an IDE cable.


Picture of a SATA cable.

Hard drives can also fail due to malfunctioning or damaged electronics on their circuit board.


The most common electrical components to malfunction are Transistors, Capacitors, and Resistors. Power surges are the common cause of these small components to fail, so remember to make sure you are using a good surge protector or a UPS system for your entire computer system. A good policy is to always unplug your computer system from outlets when a storm is capable of producing lightening. It is also important to remember that if any of these failures happen, it will be cheaper to replace the drive for a new one. You can return a hard drive to the manufacturer to be fixed if it is still under warranty. Read your documentation and warranty information carefully if you purchase a new hard drive to upgrade/replace your old one.

The following picture is an illustration of where the hard drive is located inside the computer case. In this case, it is a SATA hard drive.


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My Satellite A205-S5804 crashed and will not boot up in Window. I suspect that the hard drive is shot, however, how do I know for sure. It makes a tick tick tick sound, pause, then tick tick tick again,...

How can you know for sure? Install the laptops harddrive into an economical external enclosure.
The external enclosure has a USB cable, that you just plug into any available USB port on a working computer.

THAT, is how you will know for sure.

A harddrives physical size is measured across it's Width.
Laptop harddrives are 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches)
(Desktop harddrives are 3.5 inches across in width)

Could you use a software program to check the harddrive out?
Not in this case.
You are not even getting to the Boot Record on the harddrive. The basic Windows files needed to start Windows.

The laptop harddrive in your Toshiba Satellite A205 series of Notebook PC, is a SATA harddrive.
Uses the SATA technology. (Serial ATA,

(Storage - Hard Drive - 120GB- Serial ATA - 150 - 5400RPM
{120GB capacity - SATA - Spindle speed can go UP TO 5400Revolutions per Minute }

One example out of many for a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

$20 plus shipping, and tax.

This is assuming you wish to TRY to retrieve valuable information off of the harddrive.
I am Not posting that it Will. Yes, it is a gamble.
{You can also install a working laptop harddrive though, and use it for an external harddrive}

If using an external enclosure does Not solve the problem of retrieving info, then a professional service that performs this, will have to be used.
They will take the Platters out as a last resort, and insert them into a unit that resembles an open harddrive. (One method)

Let me explain basic harddrive construction, so you know what I mean by the term Platters.
I will also explain the ticking noises you hear.

Basic Harddrive Construction:

A harddrive has a metal case. Resembles two rectangular metal cake pans, put together.
Opening to opening.
The harddrive case has a special filter. This is under the label that states Do Not Block.
The filter regulates the atmosphere, essentially, inside the harddrive.

Inside the harddrive case are Platters. They resemble a CD or DVD disk. Usually made of metal, or glass.
There may be from 3 to 6 Platters. Perhaps more.
The Top surface, and the Bottom surface of Each Platter is coated with a magnetic medium.
(Ferrous substance)

The magnetic medium is arranged by the Write portion of the Read/Write Head.
Arranged in a pattern of 0's and 1's.
0 being OFF, 1 being ON.
This is converted so the computer can use it.

The Platters have a cylindrical Spindle going up through the middle of them. The Spindle is spun by a Spindle Motor.

There is a Read/Write Head on the Top, and Bottom of EACH Platter.
The name implies exactly what the Read/Write Head does.
The Read portion of the head, when activated, reads what is on the Platter.
The Write portion, when activated, writes to the Platter. (Arranges the magnetic medium on the Platter)

Each TWO Read/Write Heads are mounted on an Actuator Arm. The Actuator Arm is moved by an Actuator Motor.
The Actuator Arm moves the Read/Write Heads across the Platter to the inside (Towards the Spindle), and back to the outside of the Platter.

[When in full operation, the Actuator Arm can move back, and forth, at Hundreds of Times a Second]

The Read/Write Heads are mounted at a distance above the Platter, and below the Platter, that is VERY small.
Approximately .0003
(3 Ten-Thousandths of an Inch. In comparison the diameter of an average human hair is .003
Three-Thousandths thick.
This is 1/10th the thickness of an average human hair )

From moving so fast back, and forth across the Platters, a cushion of air is created in-between the Read/Write Heads, and the Platters.

IF, the Read/Write Heads become too close, they can wipe information off of the Platter.
(Wipe some of the magnetic medium off. This is known as a Head Crash)

The above mechanism is installed into the harddrive's case, in a Clean Room.
A room that is 99.9 percent dust free.
(Technicians who build harddrives must wear a special suit, (Almost looks like an astronaut suit), and go through a special Air Corridor, before entering the work area.

If the harddrive's case is opened, AND not in a clean room, the 'life expectancy' of the harddrive is down to a few hours, or LESS.
Right now the Actuator Arm is lightly slamming the Read/Write Heads into the Spindle.

On the bottom of the sealed harddrives case, is a small circuit board. (Printed Circuit Board)
This circuit board could be bad.
The only way to check without specialized test equipment, is to use a known to be good circuit board.
The same type of circuit board.
Means it should come from the same manufacturer, and model of harddrive.

Do they sell just the circuit board? Not to my knowledge.
It would have to come from another harddrive that is just alike.

More on the basic construction of Harddrive. (Proper name is Hard Disk),

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Oct 31, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook

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Comstar external drive will not spin, how to take apart?


The clicking you're hearing is known as the click of death.

This means either a head has failed, pre-amp has failed or there is damage to the outer cylinders of the drive.

Do NOT open the drive casing in open air or you will most likely render the drive unusable. I am a data recovery professional and with this diagnosis you almost always require a clean room facility to repair the failed components or will require a donor drive with a working circuit board to perform either a cold or hot board exchange depending on the model of drive.

Let me know how much risk you are willing to take before proceeding, I will be happy to refer you to a close by pro if needed and can give you a few pointer if you decide to proceed trying this yourself.


Feb 19, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Drive will not start just clicks.

A clicking hard drive is a faulty hard drive. The clicking sound is the read/write heads flicking back and forth across the disk platters.
You can remove the hard drive and insert a new hard drive in the Western Digital case.
If yo need data off this hard drive 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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No blue light on my WD320gb essentials external hard-drive

It is my belief that the circuit board for your Western Digital external harddrive, has failure problems.
Simply put, the circuit board is No good.

I don't know your computer hardware expertise, so please bear with me, if I detail the following information in basic format. It is my intention to explain the basics of how a harddrive works, (Internal or External), so that my solution may be understood in general terms.

What you see right now is an external case. Inside the case is a desktop style harddrive.
(3.5 inches in width)

Inside the harddrive are round Platters, that resemble a CD disk. Depending on the harddrive, there are 3 to 6 Platters. Information is stored on the platters, by means of arranging a magnetic media on both sides of each platter. (There is magnetic media on both sides of each platter)

The magnetic media is arranged by Read/Write heads. These heads are attached to an 'Arm'. The Arm moves the Read/Write head back, and forth, across the platter.
(Like the arm of a phonograph player)

There are Two Read/Write heads for Each platter. One above the platter, one below.
The Write option of the Read/Write head, arranges the magnetic media, for the information put on the platter.

The Read option of the Read/Write head, 'Reads' the information stored on the platter.

All of the above named components are inside a hermetically sealed case, which has an opening to equal pressure with the atmosphere outside of it. There is a special filter in this opening.

All of the above named components are installed in that hermetically sealed case, while in a Clean Room. This room is 99.9% dust free, and the assemblers wear special suits that would make NASA jealous.

The harddrive case Can be opened, But SHOULD NOT be opened! Once the case is opened in anything but a special Clean Room, the harddrive will only last for a few hours.

At the bottom of this case is a Circuit Board. A PCB. (Printed Circuit Board) This circuit board is made specifically for THAT style, size, and type of harddrive, for it's manufacturer. (Western Digital)

This circuit board is a Control Board, for the components I named off above. The circuit board has components on it that can fail very easily. (Electrolytic Capacitors are the ones with the highest fail rate)

It is this component that I believe has failed. You have the option to buy the same type, style, size, and model of Western Digital harddrive, and borrow it's circuit board.

The circuit board is attached with screws to the bottom of the main harddrive case. There are small connectors to disconnect, and that's it.
Remove the circuit board from your defunct one, install this one. I would transfer all of your important information, then trash this harddrive. Replace the circuit board back into the one you bought, and use it.

(Your external harddrive case opens like a clamshell. It's made of two halves. There are screws that hold the two halves together. 4 of them. The screw heads are hidden under the labels of the case)

I apologize for the length of this solution, and hope you can make sense of it.

A new harddrive, and borrowing the circuit board from it, will be MUCH cheaper than having a data recovery shop recover your information! (Generally they charge $75 an hour, and it usually takes a while. You can buy a new harddrive for Much less,

The above is an example. It is Not a direct example. You need to view the model number that is on the case's label, for the harddrive inside your external harddrive enclosure. You need THE same one)

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I left my power cable at the house when I went on a business trip. I found a computer place that had a cable with the same four pin connections. The tech said the cable would work, but he plugged it in...

Harddrives are built in a 'Clean Room'.
99.9% dust, and foreign object free.

Inside the harddrive are Platters. They resemble a CD disk, and are made of glass, or metal. Their surface is very finely polished.
On the upper, and lower surfaces of these platters, are applied a magnetic media. (Usually Iron Ferrite)

This magnetic media is arranged in a pattern of 0's, and 1's, for the data put on it. The 0's and 1's are then changed into machine language, for the computer to read.

There may be 3 to 6 platters, inside an average harddrive. EACH platter has a Read/Write Head above it, and below it. (Read option of Read/Write head -> 'Reads' data. Write option 'Writes' data. Arranges that magnetic media for the data being applied to it, or taken away. {Address locater removed)

The Read/Write Heads are attached to an 'Arm'. The Arm moves back, and forth across the platter. The arm is actuated by an 'Actuator Motor'. The Actuator Motor is controlled by a circuit board on the bottom of the harddrive.

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The reasoning of my long 'dissertation', is to help understand my solution/s.

1.It may just be that the circuit board for your harddrive, has burned out components on it. Replacing the circuit board may get your harddrive going again.

How? This may not be a simple task, understandably so. However, when faced with the cost of retrieving data from your harddrive, or finding a compatible circuit board, it may become more relative.

2.Since, removing the platters from the harddrive may be one of the ways the Pro's will use, remember that they have to open the harddrive in a clean room, and use special techniques, as well as special suits that they have to wear. (Lab controlled environment)
Part of the reasoning of the high cost.

3.The motor that drives the platters uses 12 volts. The actuator motor uses a LOT less. If either motor is fried, the platters will have to come out, to read, and copy data off of them, or the motor/s replaced. (Not likely)

Number 1 above, will cost you time to see if a computer shop, has the same type of circuit board you require, and probably around $10 to $20.

Number 2 and 3 above, (Last time I checked), will cost $75 an hour, and on up.

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Where can I find instructions on how to install a wd1200bb as 2nd drive

When it comes to data recovery one of the most common problems Western Digital(WD) hard drives experience is burnt cuircuit board(PCB). WD drives are very vulnerable to overheating, power surges and streaks. Quite often bad power supply unit combined with power streak is usually enough to fry spindle driver chip on the electronics and make the data inaccessible. Should this occur the computer would reboot or shut down completely, you would normally notice acrid smell of smoke coming from your PC and when powered on the drive would not spin up at all and appear to be completely dead.
burnt_chip.jpgIf this is the case you can try to swap PCB from another WD drive of the same model but your chances of success are close to zero, especially on newer hard drives. The problem is that logic board on modern hard drive is adapted to the head disk assembly it was manufactured with. In our lab we use specialized software and hardware to rebuild these parameters or transfer them from fried board to make donor PCB fully compatible with damaged drive.

All Western Digital hard drives are also well-known for their firmware problems.
Firmware of the drive is not located on the logic board as most people think. Main part of firmware is stored on the platters in so-called Service Area. Service Area occupies the negative cylinders of the surface and contains a number of firmware modules. If one of the modules gets corrupted the hard drive fails to initialize correctly and stops working making the data inaccessible. In such case the drive usually spins up fine, it doesn't click but has one of the following symptoms:
  • it is not found in BIOS at all
  • identifies with its factory alias(for example WDC ROM MODEL-MAMMOTH---,WDC ROM MODEL-HAWK---),
  • shows up with wrong S/N (for example WDC-ROM SN# XYZ---) or capacity,
  • identifies fine but fails to read any data or boot up operating system giving I/O device errors whenever you try to access LBA sectors.
If you attempt to boot up from such drive or read any data from it you would get "Primary Master Hard Disk Fail" or "No operating system found" or "USB Device malfunctioned" error or "S.M.A.R.T. Capable But Command Failed" or "Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter", "Hard drive not recognized", "Drive Mount Failure" or some other hard drive boot error. At the moment it is not possible to fix this kind of problem at home. It is quite a complicated job and requires use of specialized expensive equipment and deep knowledge of hard drive design and data recovery technology to repair the firmware. Luckily, it is not usually necessary to open the HDD in clean room and order donor drives, so chances of successful data retrieval are close to 100%.
Another quite common symptom Western Digital drives experience is clicking/knocking/clunking/sweeping noise.
heads_ok.jpgThe drive spins up, and and the heads start clicking with a constant or intermittent sound while unsuccessfully trying to locate firmware zone: , , , . Usually this is a sign of damaged or crashed heads and it means the drive needs to be opened in a class 100 clean room environment in order to replace head stack assembly. Don't try to open the drive by yourself - you could damage the platters making your data unrecoverable.

Western Digital drives also have common problem with spindle seizure. Usually this occurs after a fall and the drive either doesn't spin up at all with a siren sound: or starts up with loud noise unable to gain enough rotational speed: . Data recovery in such case involves removing platters from the hard drive in clean room environment and putting them into matching donor. This complex and precise procedure requires a lot of experience and use of specialized hardware to maintain platters in perfect alignment.
WD laptop drives(Scorpio, UE,VE series) share some typical 2.5 inch HDD problems. One of them is heads sticktion to the platter surface.
headstick2.jpgHeads are normally parked on the parking ramp outside of the platters, but sometimes after a fall or abnormal termination they fail to return to their regular parking position and are left on the surface. Immediately after the motor stops spinning they stick to the ideally smooth surface and it becomes impossible to free them without proper tools and experience. Don't attempt to open the drive by yourself - you will damage the platters and this will make your data unrecoverable. There is one more problem that is typical for all Western Digital drives: bad sectors. After some period of time magnetic media the platters are covered with starts to degrade and magnetic domains can't turn in the desired direction by writing element of the head. This is how bad sectors appear.
When the drive starts reading data from such unreadable bad sector it could start freezing, scratching and sometimes even clicking: . Usually on boot up you would get "SMART failure predicted" or some other SMART-related error. All this leads to further damage to the surface, heads and causes more data loss. Any further reading attempts would just add up to the problems and could make your data unrecoverable. In our lab we use special imaging hardware tools that are capable of reading raw sector data ignoring low level checksum check. That's usually the only way to retrieve as much files as possible from such sectors.
If you experience any of the symptoms described above with your Western Digital WD1200BB-00CAA0 please feel free to contact us to get upfront quote on data recovery from your failed drive.

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Disk boot failure

Your boot sector is corrupted you need to install windows again from a bootable windows cd...

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Maxtor 4R120L and Maxtor 4R160L

It is possible to replace/transplant the circuit board. But I am not sure of the motor and the platters. I would suggest you not to play around with the platters. If you wish to replace the circuit board (I guess it is also called the logic card) get a hdd of the same make and size and replace it with this one.

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