You aren't going to like my answer but unfortunately the truth stings sometimes. Your hard drive has failed. The actual hardware mechanisms have failed. The clicking noise you are describing is the death rattle and is usually "stiction
". When you hear that sound you can pretty much hang it up. If this is critical data the first thing you want to do is turn it off and let a professional
recover it. Each subsequent attempt at retrieving the data lessens the chance you will be able to. Many people try to skimp and take it to the cheapest place only to have them irrecoverably damage it. I have seen and used some radical recovery techniques over the years that may resuscitate it long enough for you to move the data over if you are willing to take the risks. Different techniques include: Freeze it then try and mount it, heat it with a hair dryer then try and mount it, drop it from 4 or 5 feet onto concrete (or bang it with a hammer) and then try and mount it. Steam up a closed door bathroom (works as a poor man's substitute to a clean room facility) and swap the platters with another working drive of same model.
I used to think all drive brands were pretty much equal in reliability, after having 5 Maxtor
drives fail within 12 months of purchase in one of the departments at work, I began paying attention and I can say unequivocally
in my personal experience this brand is completely unreliable. I administer over 125 machines and when one has drive failure in it, I already know before I pull the cover what kind of drive is going to be in there. I stopped buying this brand 3 years ago and will never buy them again, they are now owned by Seagate which oddly makes the best drives but the acquisition
didn't seem to help Maxtor's failure rates. Lacie uses Maxtor
in their products so I won't touch them either, had 3 separate Lacie Terabyte Externals fail within 12 months of purchase and when I opened them up, of course they were Maxtor
I have high regards (and long term reliability) for the other manufacturers... Seagate
, Western Digital, Hitachi, Fujitsu, IBM, etc...