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Its dislodged the read write heads and lost the FAT (file allocation table) so its probably now a paperweight

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I changed the hard drive , now when i plug the power back on theirs a clicking sound, i think its coming from the fan in the back because its moving and also when i hit the power button in the front of the...

If there was no clicking sound before and now there is after you installed a hard drive (goes then that is bad. A clicking sound is what you never want to hear from a hard drive. Means it's bad.
Fans don't make clicking sounds.

Aug 30, 2011 | Dell Dimension 2350 PC Desktop


My Hard Drive makes a Clicking Sound

Hello<br /><br />This is a tip explaining what exactly you should do when your <span style="font-weight: bold;">Hard drive(Internal/External) makes a Clicking sound.</span><br /><br />I should start by saying that if your drive gets to the point that is start making this sound, it might just be too late to start action, but, we might still have something you can do.<br /><br />Symptoms of this clicking noise includes the fact that the drive is <span style="font-weight: bold;">not picked up by your computer</span> at all. Another symptom is that the drive will <span style="font-weight: bold;">crash frequently</span>, hence crashing your computer. If you have experienced one of these symptoms you can to the right place.<br /><br /><span><br />Causes:</span><br /><br />This specific error mostly occurs in <span style="font-weight: bold;">portable drives(External)</span> due to fact that that dropping the drive is more probable. If the drive is <span style="font-weight: bold;">dropped</span>, the spindle inside the drive will be damaged. hence the clicking noise.<br /><br />The above mentioned is not the only cause, this problem can be bought on by other factors as well.<br /><br /><br /><span>Suggestion: </span><br /><span><br /></span>If you are so fortunate that the drive actually picks up and shows on your operating system, the first step will be to <span>backup</span> all the data on the "faulty" drive you would like to save.<br /><br />If you are unsure on how to backup data, Click <a href="">HERE </a>for step by step instructions. <span>After the backup is done, you will need to get rid of the faulty drive, because it will be useless.</span><br /><br />If the drive does not get picked up by the computer, you will unfortunately need to send the drive in for <span>Data recovery</span>. The tariffs for data recovery is as follow.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">250GB - $150</span><br style="font-weight: bold;" /><span style="font-weight: bold;">500GB - $300</span><br style="font-weight: bold;" /><span style="font-weight: bold;">1TB - $500</span><br style="font-weight: bold;" /><br style="font-weight: bold;" /><br />I hope this tip can shed some light on this situation.<br /><br /><span>Please feel free top let me know f you need any further assistance.</span><br /><br />Kind regards<br />Lock123<br /><br /><br /><br />

on Dec 02, 2010 | PC Desktops


Keeping external external hard drives safe from shock.

Generally, dropping an external hard drive while it is running is a pretty sure way to destroy the drive, along with the data that was on it. Similarly, objects dropped onto running external hard drives can provide sufficient G-forces to kill the drive and its data. Such events are generally not covered under product warranties. Perhaps more importantly, drives subjected to excessive G-forces usually present a situation in which data stored on them is not recoverable. If you use external drives to store or back up critical data, use extra care to prevent such accidents. <br /> To prevent such unfortunate incidents, locate external hard drives so that they are not susceptible to being knocked to the floor, or to have objects fall on to them. Another cause of data failure is from improperly connected cables. Ensure that all cables associated with computers and their peripherals are firmly connected, and safely arranged so they cannot cause unexpected disasters caused by wayward feet and clumsy hands. <br /> <br />

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Dropped new external drive from 2 ft, please help

you can run a disk utility program such as disc warrior. It can put your hard drive thru read write etc...

if no such program is available to you, I would try a few reads, writes, erases and renames of files... you may just be A-OK..

I've dropped drives, piano keyboards etc... and they've lived to work again...
Besides, if you ever saw how UPS handles their packages before they get to your door or to the stores...

Is the drive working quietly? without any strange hesitations? ... sounds like you may have received grace from the hard drive elf on this one...

Ps. You may want to put in on a no-skid pad or attach a piece to the bottom to help secure it a bit.

Let me know how it goes.

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That clicking/knocking or squeal is the read/write heads touching the platters inside the hard drive. They should hover over them. Play TAPS!!!! Once those heads crash into the platters inside....its gone! Some companies charge big money ($100+/HR) to remove data from crashed hard drives. Take it outside and smash it with a sledge least no one will be able to get your data. Here is a company that does this type of work....good explanation here

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My Toshiba Hard disk drive MK 1234GAX 120GB Fall down on floor accidently during working. Now it is not accessing the data inside. It is sounding like the internal machinery stop working. Plz help my...

If the disk isn't making noise when it has power going to it, it's safe to assume that it's dead. If you need the data recovered from it, you'll have to go to a data recovery specialist like CBL that costs a pretty good amount of money (hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars, sadly).

Disk space is cheap these days. Always back up data that you can't afford to lose. 1tb drives are under $100 these days.

Sorry to hear about the drop. I've lost data before, and replacing it is a major pain.

Apr 13, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I have a freecom external hard drive which has been working fine until last night when it has started clicking and not being recognised at all by my laptop. I have all my pictures and videos on this hard...


oh dear it sounds like the hard drive may of failed.

The clicking is generally the head hitting the end stop.

In the past I have managed to recover drives just long enough by sticking them in the freezer for 24 hours, taking it out and hooking it back up an hour or so later.

Or the drop fix occasionaly works, drop the disk in a flat surface from a couple of feet high.

If you try either of these its entirely at your own risk but failing sending it off to a data recovery house theres not really much you can do I am afraid.

Sorry I couldnt of been more help



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Comes up in the selection of safe modes but nothing works, it loops to the Acer page and uninstall page for a mille-second than starts the loop again

it sound like there is something wrong with your hard drive. it eather has to be reformated and the os put back on there or get a new hard drive. but try this take the hard drive out, hold it about 5 inches off the floor ( flat floor) and drop it flat sometimes the needle gets stuck .then try booting the computer up

hope this works for you

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take the hard drive out of the tower and hold it about a inch off the floor drop it flat . make sure that you drop it on a flat area like the kitchen floor . do that and see if that works, if it doesnt then replace the hard drive

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My Phlips external hard drive was dropped by accident. There is now a clicking sound, and No access to folders on drive

Clicking sound is not good, it usually means the sensitive disks are no longer in alignment or are damaged. I'm afraid you will have to replace it.

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