Question about Maxtor Hard Drive

1 Answer

Hard Drive failure

My hard drive sounds like the arm is going back and forth and will not read or write! What are my options? Can the info be saved?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 38 Answers

If you cant read the drive your info is probably gone but you could try a recovery program of some sort.if you can read from it save what you can.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

How can I repair a out-of-warranty external drive with symptoms described below?


a clicking sound is referred to as a click of death and makes repairs virtually impossible

it is when the pick up arm that reads the disc, flicks back and forward across the disc hitting the stops for the movement

if you can retrieve any files or folders then do it but the hard drive is on the way out

get better info fro an IT geek shop that repairs pc's

Nov 05, 2015 | Hard Drives

1 Answer

Crackling noise when idle


Any sounds other than a light humming or hearing that arm move lightly back and forth is usually a sign of the hard drive failure beginning.

Does the computer have a S.M.A.R.T.S. system on it in the bios. What model of computer is it? You need to get in the bios by tapping F10 or DEL key a few times when it shows the first screen on the monitor.
Once you get in bios, go through each tab and see if you can locate a smarts option and make sure it is enabled.

Scandisk is only good if there is actually bad sectors or bad headers on the platters of a hard drive, corrupt data and such, thus it gives you the software physical side of the hard drive, but the smarts is a self monitoring system. It detects abnormality in the hard drive itself and warns you ahead of time of a catastrophic failure due to the way the drive is not acting correctly.

Here is more info about smarts. Hope this helps.
What Is Drive eHow

Mar 15, 2014 | LaCie Hard Drives

1 Answer

Hitachi HTS543232A7A384 SATA clicking sound


if it is clicking then the hard drive is slowly beginning to degrade. I would contact the manufacture ASAP and get it replaced.

Feb 23, 2012 | Hitachi HTS543232A7A384 320 GB SATA II...

2 Answers

Hard drive is making a "clicking" noise


The clicking noise is 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 from an air 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
hope this helps

Jan 12, 2011 | Dell Hard Drives

1 Answer

My lacie hard drive fell a few minutes ago. It now takes a really long time to load up and open files. It also keeps making a clicking sound what could be the problem and whats the solution


It sounds like you have damaged the drive.

The clicking sound is a mechanical failure where the the read arm inside the drive is hitting the magnetic platters. You should backup your data immediately as drive failure is imminent.

Robert from Blitware

Jun 25, 2010 | LaCie (300728U) 250 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

I hear click sound when open.


The arm that moves the heads over the platters inside your drive is loose. That means your drive is mostly toast. Read this link that I wrote on hard drive failures. It also has a way you can possibly recover a few files.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3584465-bad_hard_drives_and_data_recovery

Dec 28, 2009 | Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 40 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

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.

Nov 25, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Premium ES...

1 Answer

Turned it on it keeps clicking but will not open


A clicking noise from a hard drive is the the read write heads banging back and forth across the disk platters. This drive is faulty and needs to be replaced.
The data is not recoverable by normal means, if you are need to recover the data from this hard disk, there are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drive BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.

Oct 30, 2009 | Iomega 1TB Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive

1 Answer

Verbatim 500 gig hard drive not reading


Hi,

Clicking is generally a bad sign as it indicates the harddrive is seeking over and over not getting a read of the pallets (think arm on a record player swinging back and forth with no needle).

Good news is if it's just the control cicuitry the drive can usually be recovered for under $500. If the failure is internal rates can range from $700-$5000 depending on the level and type of damage.

If you think you would want to try either of these methods get back to me and I can recommend appropriate service providers for either.

Sorry it's not better news,


Chris

Apr 11, 2009 | Verbatim 500GB USB Desktop 500 GB Hard...

1 Answer

Iomega Firewire Hard Drive


There is an arm in a harddisk that holds the read-write heads. This arm can move the heads to tracks near the hub or near the edge of the disk. A normal hard disk is 5 inches (12.5 cm) or so in diameter. This arm, therefore, can move about 2 inches (5 cm) across the face of the disk. The speed at which this arm can move is astonishing. The arm is very light, and its actuator is powerful and precise. The arm can slide across the face of the disk hundreds of times per second if it needs to.
As the hard-disk arm moves back and forth rapidly, it sets up vibrations that our ears hear as sounds.

Dec 03, 2007 | Iomega 33089 250 GB Hard Drive

Not finding what you are looking for?
Maxtor Hard Drive Logo

Related Topics:

57 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Maxtor Hard Drives Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

Rick Arnold

Level 2 Expert

63 Answers

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Level 3 Expert

728 Answers

Are you a Maxtor Hard Drive Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...