Question about Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250 GB EIDE Hard Drive

2 Answers

My wd2500jb drive makes a clicking noise every time i turn it on, it clicks about five times and then it does it again about 3 more times . how do i recover all my files? Is it repairable? my computer does not recognize it any more

Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 14 Answers

Don't play with this. When you hear that sound, you are in the HD Time Bomb mode. That click sound is the kiss of death & means your hard drive can die at any moment.

Once it does fail, it is a major pain to get your data off a dead drive. Most shops gouge you & charge a very high fee to get the data off a dead drive. There is some software sold that can retrieve the data from a dead drive, which would be a less expensive way to go than a computer store or repair shop.

Get the data off the HD now while you still can and it is running.

I have burned through 5 Western Digital My Books - they are terribly unreliable. Let me tell you there is no worse Tech Support than WD. Forget it if your WD equipement fails -their Tech Support is absolutley the worst.

WD should not even have a HD Tech Support Department, just have rote answers to any question a customer may ask about trouble they are having with their HD. That is about as good as it gets at WD HD Tech Support when your drive fails. They stink so bad, it isn't even funny.

I have given up on WD and avoid them at all cost because I have been ripped off so many times and 6 dead WD External HD's approximately 2500 GB of data gone. WD Tech Support is awful and the absolute worst.

If your WD External is running and one of the cords accidentally pulls out particularly the power cord - it can fry your drive. Even though WD is one of the biggest HD Mfg (this might stand for something else if your WD drive goes down) - they are unreliable at best.

WD has bought up some other better Mfg's but have kept the old brand badge. Hitachi is now owned by WD, but makes a way superior drive in all classes & series than WD while costing less and are way more reliable. The components are not made or assembled by WD.

Toshiba & WD made a deal where some of WD's HD manufacturing is done by Toshibia in Thailand. WD can only go up with this move, but I will never give them another shot at my HD business.

Seagate now owns Samsung Hard Drive business.

There are many off brand HD's like Hitachi and Samsung that are as good or better than the major brand leaders and you can get a lot more value for your money. I have several Hatachi and Samsung HD's and have had no problems.

I have given up on WD and avoid them at all cost because I have been taken it on the chin so many times with 6 dead WD External HD's & approximately 2500 GB of data gone. WD Tech Support is awful and the absolute worst.

The Mfg warranties run, 1, 2 & 3 years. They only gaurantee the repair or replacement of the HD, not the data retrieval part.

It is much better to get an internal drive, buy an separate external case with a fan, so it will keep your External HD unit cool and less likely to fail.

I like the Rosewill single and dual units sold by They are on sale a lot and are a great deal compared to the much more expensive cases. The Rosewills' are inexpensive, very reliable and dependable. I have never had any of my external drives fail since I bought a separate internal HD and installed in into a Rosewill case with a fan.

So if you go through, it is worth the extra investment to get an extended warranty. You will be able to exchange the drive but may lose your data. has at least one internal HD on special each week.

Always read the reviews and some forums before buying any of these drives. The HD data storage unit pricing have gone down dramatically but the quality is still shaky particularly on WD.

Do not ever buy a Green External HD . They talk a good game about power saving, but they are slow on data transfer, are terribly unreliable, and almost sure to mess up or fry. Protect the envoiroment some other way but don't put your data at risk.

Never buy an External HD without a fan, no matter what the Mfg literature claims about cooling capacity or natural cooling ability by the high tech design. Just don't do it, unless you like being a Sap ******, Guinea Pig, enjoy losing your data, going through hassles and finding out the hard way.

Posted on May 22, 2014

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 6,831 Answers


At the link below you will be directed to a tip i wrote on this exact issue. Click on the link below to navigate to page.

Click HERE.

Please feel free to let me know if you need any further assistance.
Thank you for using Fixya!!

Kind regards

Posted on Jan 25, 2011


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


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



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Clicking noise under dash

I don't know the battery history for your vehicle but it could be time for replacement.

Jan 11, 2014 | 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII

2 Answers

My lumina will jump start and starts several times then goes dead with clicking noise

I would say if the car stays running after u jumped started it I would replace the battery

Jan 11, 2013 | 2001 Chevrolet Lumina

1 Answer


If your space bar isn't responding when you press it, or if it responds sluggishly, it's possible that you have inadvertently enabled the "Sticky Keys" or "Filter Keys" accessibility option in Windows.

When these options are enabled, your keyboard response time will be dramatically slowed and may require more than one tap to register a keystroke.

Fortunately, it's easy to disable these functions and return your keyboard to normal working order.

Click "Start" and select "All Programs."

Click "Accessories" and select "Ease of Access."

Click "Ease of Access Center."

Click "Make Keyboard Easier to Use."

Click "Set Up Sticky Keys." Deselect the checkbox that says "Turn on Sticky Keys When Shift is Pressed Five Times." Make sure the box that says "Turn on Sticky Keys" is not checked. Click "OK" to save your changes.

Click "Set Up Filter Keys." Uncheck the box that says "Turn on Filter Keys."

Click on the checkbox next to "Turn On Filter Keys When Right Shift Is Pressed For 8 Seconds" to deselect it. Click "OK" to save your changes.

Click "OK" again to save all of the keyboard accessibility changes you have made.

Hope this helps

Oct 29, 2012 | Gateway LT2021u Netbook

1 Answer

When playing a game or dvd, my Playstation makes a ticking sound like somethings jammed in it. It's possible my daughter stuck something in there and messed something up. It'll play and as time goes on the...

PS3 Clicking noise is associated with the hardware aspect, so that's your starting point it may come from the PS3 fan clicking, so do check out the fan if there's something that might have got stucked in between. Clogs from too much dust or dirt may also cause PS3 clicking sound.

PS3 clicking noise may also come from the hard drive. The hard drive are a bit noisy because of the mechanical parts and moving drive head when reading and storing data. Again, if the noise level is very minimal, there's no worry. PS clicking noise fro the hard drive that becomes too audible may signify that the hard drive is having mechanical problems and may soon broke down. At this point you may want to backup any data you have

I hope this helps you.

Nov 21, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

1 Answer

Clicking noise in place of grinding and dispensing liquid;

Your brew gear drive is broken. Your doser knob is det to the max and you got an over charge in the brew unit that the drive could not compress and it broke some of the teeth on the gear. You will have to replace the gear and make sure that it is timed before testing or you will break it again.

Jul 30, 2010 | Spidem Trevi Automatic Espresso Machine

1 Answer

My WD2500JB stopped working. Makes a click-click-click sound.

Your hard drive is bad. If you are hearing clicking reptitiously it is you head not moving. Sorry about the bad news.

Dec 16, 2009 | Western Digital Caviar WD2500JB Special...

1 Answer

2005 chrysler Town&Country clicks when attempting to start

If the click is one click then that points to the starter. Make sure the battery connections are tight. If it clicks like a machine gun then it is either the battery or a bad connection. Good battery voltage is 12.6 or more and 13.6 when running. I don't know tour skill level of electricity.

Sep 25, 2009 | 2005 Chrysler Town & Country

1 Answer

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan heater blower makes clicking noise

take out the blower motor
if the bearing is ok

use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the debris in the piping

Apr 28, 2017 | 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan

1 Answer

Playstation 3 Blu Ray drive not working

Hi my name is Juan and the problem you got is with the bluray laser lens they have stopped reading games you can check this out put a cd on your ps3 and at the same time place your ear on top cover and will heard 3 clicking noises of the laser but make no noise because this clicking noise is so fine that you need to make no noise i goes click click click you will hear it but make sure you put your ear on top cover at the same time you insert the disk it takes about 3 -4 seconds for the clinking noise after you have insert the cd some lasers they do try to read and they make the disk to spin off and on some they do make the disk to spin normally but nothing happen and the solution is to replace the laser lens I am a ebay trusted power seller and I can get you one if you want to

Mar 16, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 3 40GB System

Not finding what you are looking for?
Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250 GB EIDE Hard Drive Logo

478 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Western Digital Computers & Internet Experts

Arora Singh
Arora Singh

Level 2 Expert

180 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers


Level 3 Expert

78919 Answers

Are you a Western Digital Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides