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My WC external hard drive all of a sudden is making a clicking noise and NOT working. How do I recover my data?? HELP!!!

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If you freeze the drive, you might be able able to use it for a short period of time. Otherwise, you're going to have to pay if you want the data recovered (hundreds of dollars)

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