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My hard disk sounds like theres something inside that touches something metallic like.

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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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Is it possible to recover data from the disk inside the external hard disk?

See first this clicking sound is not good in terms of hard drive failure as continuous clicking is one of the symptom of hard drive failure.
Secondly you have tried to do something with the hard drive by your own that you should not as it is always recommended that you should not open your hard drive in any open environment except Class 100 Clean Room Labs that is only available with Professional Data Recovery Company.

This is recommended because opening the hard drive in an open environment can damage your hard drive severely thus it reduces the chances of successful data recovery from the hard drive.

Now if your data is really very important then i would suggest you to take help from a professional data recovery company.

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Making a weird sound for 1a2 seconds, than it stops for a second, and than the sound appears again. Seems like the hard disk in it can't reach it operating speed. It's a Lacie hard disk 1TB

I'm going to tell how to try to get your hard back in bussines , but don't do if your hard it's STILL WARANTY , and you think you are not capable.
it sounds like your hard's reader is stuked.
1. open the top. (all 6 screws + the one under the stiker)
2. carefully drag the reader back in it's offline position.
3. put the hard in your sistem (opened but take care not to touch inside or not to get any dust in) and power the sistem
4. you should be able to see the disk speaning smooth and the reader moving whithout problems.
5. if the hard is working fine , shut down the sistem , unplug the hard , put the top back(but this time try not to screw it back that hard)

Enjoy your hard...if the problem comes back , try to save your data on a new hard disk.

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Eveytime i restart my pc, the blue promt says there is a problem with my hard disk, when i tried to format my hard disk i failed, how can i completely format my hard disk samsung sp0411n?... because every...

Dear Ahrjae,
You are Toast! The last thing a technician wants to do is format a hard disk. A good format erases everything (all the software and corrupted software) and the hard-drive has the smallest amount of information on it (software) waiting to be shaped by the DVD's (Software) you are going to load it up with.
If you have a bad hard-drive you need to determine if it is a software problem or a hardware problem. Some times it is both. If it is software you can delete the program and re-install it. if it is a hardware / software problem you can run a scandisk program and other utilities to fix bad sections on the hard-drive. Electrically cut off bad sections so no memory 1's and 0's will be stored on bad sections of the magnetic hard-disk. Then you can delete bad programs and re-install them.
Sometime the hard-drive fails due to hardware problems. My favorite story is the comparison of the pickup head gliding over a hard disk (metal) and occasionally crashing to an airplane flying 600mph over the earth. Where the airplane would be destroyed if it hit the earth, in the hard-drive the pick-up head gouges out parts of the metal disk.
So your solutions: Buy a new hard drive and format it or take the unit in to be repaired. Hope you have made your restore disks.
Digital Denizen

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1 tb external hard disk. Will not back up, won't get off cleaning up or indexing backup. No noise, but when I touch it, it fells like something is rubbing inside.

The external storage device has several major components:

* USB cable

* external power-supply

* disk-drive inside the enclosure

* USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

Try a different USB cable.
Try a different USB port on your computer.
Try a USB port on a different computer.

Take a multi-meter, and measure the output voltage/amperage of the power-supply,
and compare with the specifications on the label of the power-supply.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and attach it as a "slave" drive in a desktop computer, to see if bypassing the USB-to-disk-drive adapter bypasses the problem.

Look at the label on the disk-drive, for manufacturer, product-number, serial-number, and manufacture date. Access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status" to see if the warranty still is valid. If so, the drive can be replaced, at minimal cost to you.

Buy a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Search online for a professional "data recovery service". For a significant fee, they can repair your disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your files to a new disk-drive.

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My WD external drive dropped about 2 feet. It now makes a whirring/beep sound. I was able to successfully disconnect the unit. I have turned off and restarted the computer. The whir and beep stopped,...

Ok their is a needle that FLOATS above the metal disks inside the hard drive, when that is dropped either when its on or off, if that needle TOUCHED the disk in anyway your drive is scratched and screwed, thats what happened to yours, sorry but you need to buy a new one.

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How ot install hard disk?

1. VITAL: unplug computer.
2 EQUALLY VITAL: wait for 1 full minute while board discharges.
3 open side of case.
4. VITAL ALSO: touch your hand to internal metal part of case to discharge static from your body
4 unplug old hard disk, then remove mounting screws from it.
5 remove old hard drive.
6 before handling new hard drive touch metal inside case again. (if you have a static band use it otherwise keep touching the metal case frequently to prevent static from "zapping" your computer parts.)
reverse this order to install new one. it will be recognized by computer on its own.

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Makes "clicking" noise and will not mount

that is a common noise when your HD just failed it can be internal or external most of them work the same way, there is 2 metal readers that hover on top of the actual disks to read the information. Those readers get stuck or keep going back and forward trying to read (that is the clicking noise) a way to try to fix the problem (it works sometimes) is replacing the circuit board attached to the hard drive (inside the metal enclosure) and you have to find one with the same characteristics as the one you have now. sometimes when we really need to recover the information we try that and it may, may not work

if it works for you, don't forget to rate me


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Fantom G-Force 250GB Dual Interface worked for last 10 months. now it doesn't show up. i unplugged it, power and USB. powered down computer. tried in all together different computer.

Take it apart (carefully and make sure you ground yourself by touching something metal that is grounded - or wear an anti static wrist strap). Remove the hard disk(s) and then put them internally into your computer (if you have space for them) or if you have a laptop go to your local tech shop and have them put the disk(s) into a new enclosure. Do not send it back they will wipe your data!! A local tech shop could do this for you if you're not comfortable. Then see if your disks are working.

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Hard drive not working

Unfortunately this is a very specialized field and the sounds you describe are those of a hard drive which has hardware damage.
It will most likely cost you less to buy new hard drives than having the old ones repaired.
Best wishes,

May 01, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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