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Let me first say that I don't really know much about HDDs. I had one in my laptop about a year ago that went on me, and was likely on the road to shutting down for some time. It would stop working for a few seconds to a minute, while making a repetitive clicking noise. After it broke entirely, I took it to a friends house and plugged it into a SATA enclosure. It was unable to connect to anything, and when it was turned on it merely sat there making the clicking noise. When it is unplugged from anything and is tipped from one side to another, you can hear something moving and making the click noise as well.

Sounds to me like broken read/write heads, but I really don't know. There is data on there that would be nice to have (but not for tons of money). Does anyone have any ideas on what might be possible with a drive like this?
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I suggest going to your local computer store and having it fixed or tell them to recover the data on there.
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Lol, if I wanted to go to my local computer store, I wouldn't be a member of this forum . I like doing my own work, I don't tend to trust other people easily, especially not with my components or data.
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Try googling it
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I suggest going to your local computer store and having it fixed or tell them to recover the data on there.
A local computer store won't be able to recover a drive with damage motors/heads.

You would have to transplate the platters to a new HDD of the exact same make, model, and version.
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Not going to be cost or effort effective unless that data is pretty important.

You could try a platter swap yourself, but without a clean room, this may destroy the platters before you can get the data off, and regardless of success or failure, you'll have two dead drives when you are done.

A professional recovery service with a clean room could likely recover a portion of the data, but it would cost hundreds, if not thousands.
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Preeeety much what I was afraid of. Thanks guys, if only for confirming my fears . The drive contains over 10 years of photos and music that I can't get back any other way, but I feel like they're just not worth the cost to retrieve. Maybe I'll just hold onto the drive itself as a memory.
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Preeeety much what I was afraid of. Thanks guys, if only for confirming my fears . The drive contains over 10 years of photos and music that I can't get back any other way, but I feel like they're just not worth the cost to retrieve. Maybe I'll just hold onto the drive itself as a memory.
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Heh heh, I feel your pain. 2 years of vacation photos with my family then a d*mm virus shows up and I have to do a system recovery! >
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I had one in my laptop about a year ago that went on me, and was likely on the road to shutting down for some time. It would stop working for a few seconds to a minute, while making a repetitive clicking noise.
I/O Flatlines - the drive gets locked up for about 30 seconds trying to recover data from a bad sector. It's the sign of a dying drive. If you encounter it again, backup ASAP and replace it.

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Preeeety much what I was afraid of. Thanks guys, if only for confirming my fears . The drive contains over 10 years of photos and music that I can't get back any other way, but I feel like they're just not worth the cost to retrieve. Maybe I'll just hold onto the drive itself as a memory.
Ack.

Well, definitely hold onto it. It won't hurt it for it to sit in a box for a while. Someone I know held onto his for 7 years - then he happened to become friends with someone that worked at a data recovery company. He got his data back for about $200.

In his case, his old Samsung drive's motor caused a small fire. The internals of the drive were completely scorched black. The original estimate was about 15x what he paid.
     
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