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Pretty sure my 1TB Samsung HD103LJ hard drive is dead its going clack clack clack on startup for a few mins then stop. Can't see it in the BIOS or OS...

A little annoyed with myself I was using it as an OS drive and now I've had to resort to my noticeably slower 500gb drive...

Anyhow it died while finding a stable overclock for my new IB system. The same drive also had lost a huge chunk of its data again while overclocking on an earlier build (I think exactly half maybe one of the platters failed?).

I just wanted to know a bit more about what exactly causes a drive to fail while overclocking...? Is it just a bad hdd in general or is it a natural consequence of too many BSOD's? Some sort of voltage thing...? PSU is corsair hx520w built by seasonic...

Other possible factors... I didn't do a clean install it was running in same AHCI mode as before the upgrade and just uninstalled old drivers and replaced them with the new ones. It was 90% full for a long time at least a year or two... I also had a couple of large altogether ~40gb trucrypt containers on it with 3x encryption which I only opened sporadically...

Luckily all the important stuff was backed up.
I think the warranty has run out by now. I bought it a couple of years ago OEM and can't find any email or whatever to see when I bought it. Might still have the original box with receipt somewhere have to look...
Edited by tiryn - 6/9/12 at 2:17am
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It was not from overclocking, if i remember correctly the motor that controls the arms that holds the read/write heads has gone bad which is why its clunking like that.

And the lost of data is prob from the heads smacking the platter or something. Either way its a common mechanical hard drive failure. Google Click of doom for HDDs and you will see what i mean. thumb.gif
 
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Thanks found some more info on the net. Quite interesting... I'm gonna try give a couple of taps to see if the arm is just stuck but I doubt it will work.
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lol it did work! I gave it 1 strong bang to the side against some metal and it works again. However its still making terrible unnatural noises but the files are copying and seem intact so yay! I'll just shelf it once I'm done copying...
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It was not from overclocking, if i remember correctly the motor that controls the arms that holds the read/write heads has gone bad which is why its clunking like that.
And the lost of data is prob from the heads smacking the platter or something. Either way its a common mechanical hard drive failure. Google Click of doom for HDDs and you will see what i mean. thumb.gif

noot quite, in fact probably way off. either the head crashed or the controller board bit the dust form either heat or just cause.

I have done some experimenting by purposefully causing drives to fail and by dissecting failed drives. I had an old 4gb that just wouldn't die till my friend blew cigarette smoke on it and then the head crashed, clack clack clack! fairly sure it is usually a head crash but, i think my friend said it can also be a dead controller board. it clicks or clacks because it is trying to do something but, can't i forgot what that was.
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lol it did work! I gave it 1 strong bang to the side against some metal and it works again. However its still making terrible unnatural noises but the files are copying and seem intact so yay! I'll just shelf it once I'm done copying...

lol that does work "sometimes"........i get really anxious as i'm copying to a new drive......i'm like "please don't fail please don't fail please don't fail" biggrin.gif .......you're one of the lucky ones, some don't get a second chance frown.gif
    
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