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Drive is dead after only couple of years of very moderate home use. It was dying slowly, I managed to get all the data from it. Now it makes clicking noise for a while (when booting up) and then stops. Is there any way to fix it? I would try anything and appreciate any suggestions.

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Hard Drives are spun by powerful magnets. Over time the polarity of the magnet can degrade, causing the disc to wobble and generally be unreadable by the laser. IF you are very skilled in disc repair you can replace the internal components of the drive. You must understand though a single piece of dust will render a portion of the disc unreadable. If you don't know what you are doing, do not attempt to take apart the drive. Lots of techs in the computer repair industry call that noise you are hearing the click of death. You're better off replacing the drive than taking it apart and purchasing new internals for it. It's simply not worth it. FYI, I've had hard drives die after a single week of use, there are also hard drives that were made 15 years ago that still work fine. In recent months it's been proven that almost all mechanical hard drive failures happen due to magnets losing polarity on a microscopic level. Newer hard drives in years to come will likely be made to combat this, but thats still a while away.

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