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Ok well my mate dropped off his pc this morning. It wouldnt boot and he could hear a clicking. And then it would say insert boot device. So i had it off him and and had a few mins before work so i powered up to see whst he meant.
I heard the very noticeable clicking so it was obviously the hdd. Checked connections and tried again... same thing.
So i swapped out hdd fo a spare spinpoint i had lieing around and it booted to windows instantly. Restarted just for good measure and same again so i knew it was this other drive thats at fault.
My question is, can it be fixed? Or any chance it would show up as a second drive?
The PC was built by me so my mate assumes i am at fault... but as i told him i dont actually build the drives... so any solutions?

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Clicking is the worst sound to hear ever it's dead lol
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Ok well my mate dropped off his pc this morning. It wouldnt boot and he could hear a clicking. And then it would say insert boot device. So i had it off him and and had a few mins before work so i powered up to see whst he meant.
I heard the very noticeable clicking so it was obviously the hdd. Checked connections and tried again... same thing.
So i swapped out hdd fo a spare spinpoint i had lieing around and it booted to windows instantly. Restarted just for good measure and same again so i knew it was this other drive thats at fault.
My question is, can it be fixed? Or any chance it would show up as a second drive?
The PC was built by me so my mate assumes i am at fault... but as i told him i dont actually build the drives... so any solutions?

Cheers!
Nothing long term sadly.

If he has data on the drive he wishes to salvage, you can sometimes put the dead HDD in the freezer overnight and get a few minutes of life out of it, just long enough to salvage data. But it's hit or miss.

If it's under warranty, just RMA it.
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Ye was gna try it at secondary drive to get stuff off. Will try the freezer trick on it. After leaving it in freezer should i try it straight away or let it warm up a bit again?
    
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Ye was gna try it at secondary drive to get stuff off. Will try the freezer trick on it. After leaving it in freezer should i try it straight away or let it warm up a bit again?
When a mechanical drive fails, it's because some of the moving parts finally wear themselves out. By putting the HDD in the freezer, you contract the metal, and hopefully the contraction holds the HDD together long enough to get your data.

So you want to keep the HDD as cold as you can for as long as possible.
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straight away since you need as much time as you can get, make sure to use some ziplock baggies
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Oki doki fingers crossed
    
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