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My external hard drive continuously beeps and makes a clicking noise. Also, no computer is able to recognize this external hard drive.

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The spinning mechanism on the HDD is failing meaning it can't read data of the platans. Unfortunately you need to buy a new one as this one can't be repaired.

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    is there any site or forum that tells or shows how to replace them.

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I have a 1 TB SimpleDrive external USB drive. The drive is now making a repeating, beeping noise, slow and methodical, and it is not recognized by either my MAC or my pc. WHat does the beep-beep-beep mean...


the beeps are post during post the very first work is done by the ram all the memory in the ram is first transferred to the hard disk and remains active until turned off.
make sure that your RAM is securely seated,
click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you should see a yellow question mark?
right click to reinstall drivers
when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable just replace the cable of the hard disk everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems
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Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini-red wine USB 2.0 Portable Drive - 250GB SDM/250RW This external drive is not recognized by my pc- i'm running windows XP but have tried it on a Vista too, and also beeps once...


If you have tried it on two PCs with the same result, the hard drive is most likely defective. If so, the computer may recognize it being plugged in with a beep but will not recognize it at all as an accessible device.

One thing you can check is if the hard drive was never initialized, meaning that there is empty space but the empty space isn't configured for the operating system to recognize and use. To do this:

- Go to "Start" and "Run" and type in "diskmgmt.msc" and hit "Enter".
- A list will pop-up listing all hard drives on computer. Each row is a physical hard drive.
- The main hard drive for your computer should be listed as "Disk 0" and the local disk in it should be "C:".
- Assuming you have no other hard drive besides the external, the next row should be "Disk 1" and say "Unallocated", which means the hard drive was never initialized. In this case, right-click on it and select "Format". Click next through everything and the external HDD will be formatted so that Windows can recognize it.
- MAKE SURE NOT TO FORMAT LOCAL DISK C:!
- After that, the external HDD should be recognized fine and pull up in "My Computer".

Otherwise, if no other hard drive is listed, the external HDD is most likely defective and you will need to purchase a new one.

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The hitachi external hard drive was accidently unplugged when I was copying files on it. It now makes several beeping noises and clicking noises when plugged in and is not recognized by my computer.


It sounds as your hard drive has a logical failure. To remedy this download the EASEUS Partition Manager Free, and run a partition recovery or partition repair. Hopefully, the unplug of the hard drive did not cause any mechanical defects and you will be able to fix the logical/software issue with Easeus.

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Computer does not recognize external hard drive, western dig 320 g. It has been making clicking noises before it started this problem.


Clicking noises are not an issue, as the hard drive uses voice coil technology, which clicks. Plug into another USB drive.

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My WD external hard drive does not stay recognized on my computer. When I first plug it in it makes the ding/beep noise and shows up on "my computer" but after a few seconds it makes the ding/beep noise...


Try the hard drive on another computer to see if it is the external or a laptop interface problem. There are EIDE/SATA to usb adapters that you can connect a hard drive to that the computer will then read as an external hard drive. The problem with external HDDs is the usb interface built into them, these are mounted on controller cards and that is ususally where the failure occurs.

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Hi there, seem to have lost my external harddrive on my desk top, and it is making a beeping sound??


Hard drives don't beep. They make a lot of sounds, but no beeps. If the drive is actually making an unusual noise, it has probably gone bad. Clicking would be a bad disk. Any other noise would be a bad controller board. A good shop may be able to slave your drive to another computer to try and save your data. But don't count on it. By the time a drive makes a loud noise, it's usually gone and unrecoverable.
Before spending a lot of money to recover your data, try the external drive on another computer. Maybe the connection USB port has gone bad on the original computer.

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I/O Magic 320GB external hard drive making clicking noise


it happens when the hard is gone bad or can`t be recognised.you can try uninstalling the drive from device manager.you can check the hard drive case or can try the hard drive on some other computer.

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External HDD continuously beeping


The beeeeep beeeeep long twerps is the hard drive trying to spinup. drive don't beep unless they have died.

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