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I found an old hard drive in my drawers, 1 TB! Decided to try it out on my current PC for videos. I plugged everything in, and booted up. It didn't work. I heard the HDD turn on for a couple of seconds, then heard a scratch, the HDD stopped spinning. I currently have the HDD infront of me, and have unscrewed the top cover from it. Plugged it back in, and saw that the HDD turns on just fine, CD starts to move, and when the pin.... scratcher... thing (I have no clue what its called rolleyes.gif ) goes ontop of the CD, it moves for about a second or two, then stops completely. Does anyone know whats wrong? Keep in mind the same thing was happening before I unscrewed the cover from the HDD.

*Facepalm* Just realised I posted this on the "General processor Discussions", and read it as "General computer Discussions", No delete thread button either! mad.gif
Edited by pwndupure - 1/31/12 at 6:17pm
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Hey just to let you know: Removing the cover from a hard drive is probably the quickest way to ruin it completely, so that hard drive is dead.

And second: that "pin scratcher thing" (lol biggrin.gif) is the read/write head.

EDIT: Oh, and third: The "CD" (lawl tongue.gif) is the platter(s).
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Originally Posted by Alfaa View Post

Hey just to let you know: Removing the cover from a hard drive is probably the quickest way to ruin it completely, so that hard drive is dead.
And second: that "pin scratcher thing" (lol biggrin.gif) is the read/write head.
EDIT: Oh, and third: The "CD" (lawl tongue.gif) is the platter(s).

I'm very slow when it comes to components in the HDD lol. And yea, I just watched a video that said if you open a HDD, you expose the platters to airborne debris and then the drive is useless. Wierd though, when I opened the HDD, I saw a large fingerprint on the CD, but it was never opened, or so I believe...
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I'm very slow when it comes to components in the HDD lol. And yea, I just watched a video that said if you open a HDD, you expose the platters to airborne debris and then the drive is useless. Wierd though, when I opened the HDD, I saw a large fingerprint on the CD, but it was never opened, or so I believe...

Uh oh... Too bad you can't return it now. mad.gif
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Originally Posted by Alfaa View Post

Hey just to let you know: Removing the cover from a hard drive is probably the quickest way to ruin it completely, so that hard drive is dead.

have to aggree, the covers are very import as there is such a small gap between the head and platter (like a human hair or less) that keeps things like dust getting caught by the head and scratching the plater.. if it wasnt dead it is now sorry
Quote:
And second: that "pin scratcher thing" (lol biggrin.gif) is the read/write head.
EDIT: Oh, and third: The "CD" (lawl tongue.gif) is the platter(s).

good correction of terminology tongue.gif
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post #6 of 6
Like Alfaa said opening the hard drive up will leave the thing basically rubbish. It might have been gone even before that. Clicking/scratching noises generally mean the end of a drive.

Did you check the BIOS to see if it showed up? You could try a different SATA cable or resetting COMS. You could try a number of things, but my guess is the drive has just failed.
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