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Hey guys I think its time to get a new hard drive for me. I have this hard drive that keeps making this clicking noise, it sounds like a fan that's not getting enough power and stops spinning. I know I need a new power supply but can't get one for I'm poor lol so I can't get a new hard drive either. I was just wondering what you guys think I should do(no I haven't ran disk drive checking software).
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That is usually the sound of a dead drive. (Hence the term..."Click of Death")

That click is the head whipping back and forth from the outside to the inside of the platter.

Click of Death Explained

Watch this you will get an idea of what has/is happening.
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 5/3/12 at 7:05pm
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That is usually the sound of a dead drive. (Hence the term..."Click of Death")

That click is the head whipping back and forth from the outside to the inside of the platter.

Click of Death Explained

Watch this you will get an idea of what has/is happening.
Well I can still access the data, so should I try the freezer fix? And do you think that the power sully issue I know I'm having could be the problem?
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Well I can still access the data, so should I try the freezer fix? And do you think that the power sully issue I know I'm having could be the problem?
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Bottom line: Click of death = random time bomb. Your HDD could click for a year, or .34564354896854163584 pico-seconds. Your best course of action is to back up any and all important data and get ready to file an RMA if possible or replace it if it is out of warranty.
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Constant clicking or more of a one off?

As stated, it's generally a sign of a failing drive.
The click is the R/W head resetting to the rest position.

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Constant clicking or more of a one off?

As stated, it's generally a sign of a failing drive.
The click is the R/W head resetting to the rest position.

Well that sucks :/ gah and its a few every now and then so I'll just leave it unplugged until I can get a hard drive to back it up
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Just for the record...The "Freezer fix"

That is the last ditch effort for when you suffer a drive failure where you can no longer access the drive normally.

It in almost all cases means certain death of the drive.

but if the criteria meets it can sometimes give you an extra 20 minutes to recover that data.

my source:

I have done this more than once at work while recovering data for customers.

It works less than 20% of the time.
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Just for the record...The "Freezer fix"

That is the last ditch effort for when you suffer a drive failure where you can no longer access the drive normally.

It in almost all cases means certain death of the drive.

but if the criteria meets it can sometimes give you an extra 20 minutes to recover that data.

my source:

I have done this more than once at work while recovering data for customers.

It works less than 20% of the time.
Alright thanks man good to know.
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Get your data off the drive ASAP and replace it. Nothing can be done

 
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