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The hard drive will power on, but won't register on the computer. it makes a slight clicking sound towards the back of the device.

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If the system BIOS won't register or recognize your hard drive it means that you've got a bad hard drive. other things that you can try is to use other SATA cable. By the way, if the motherboard able to detect other SATA device such as DVD drive. it means that your motherboard is okay.

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Your hard drive is damaged.

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