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Hard drive does not get up to speed, not recognized by computer. has a sound that is not normal to a hard drive. there is a click sound about every 10 seconds, after a minute or two the sounds stop and the drive gets physically hot

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The hard drive is probably faulty.What is the make and model?You may need to change it.

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You need to backup everything on that drive now while you can. It will quit forever soon.

Hard drives go bad quite often, Get a new one soon - but DO NOT WAIT to back up what you can now.

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