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ive got an old hard drive that i just replaced on another computer cause it clicked alot and sometimes wouldnt boot up. i was thinking about opening it up and trying to find what the problem is so i could fix it, but i really have no idea what i would be doing. so does anybody know what would cause the hard drive to be clicking and how i could fix it internally? i know that id have to make a clean room and everything when i opened it up, but that can easily be done in the bathroom with the shower. anybody have any tips for me?

the worst that could happen is that i ruin the hard drive, and its an old 5500rpm with no important data on it anyways, so if anything goes wrong then oh well
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There is no way you could possibly fix it. Opening up the harddrive would cause more problems and it wouldnt work at all.
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like what?

just openeing it up wouldnt mess it up. people open them all the time when they do window mods
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I am afraid your shower would not be clean enough. When doing a window mod...you are supposed to put into a zip lock bag as quickly as possible. Even a few dust particles can ruin a HD.

Most often the clicking noise is from a damaged sectors on the hard drive disk. The clicking is the little arm gong back and forth trying to read the un-readable areas. I have opened up hard drives to look at them when this happens and there was nothing that I could see with the naked eye.

I do have one old 30 gig hard drive that started clicking and I decided to try some thing. I formated it and only partitioned 20 gigs of it. It has been working fine in a folding machine now for four months. I haven't heard a single click. What I was hoping would happen was that the bad sector would not be in the area of the HD being used. I don't know if this is even possible, but all I know is that I formated that HD over and over and it would always click and lock up the machine. The first try after only using 20 gigs it worked fine and still is.

I would recomend trying this first
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yea i wasnt talking about leaving it uncovered, i was just gonna use the shower to create a temporary dust free environment to use in between the time i opened it and put it in a ziplock. besides, ive already done that. thanks for the info about the clicking. i think what i might try is make a lexan cover for it (pretty much a window mod, but the whole cover) and then hook it up and see where the head has problems reading. and then i might try what you said about only partitioning part of the disk
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I've heard that freezing the hard drive can help solve clicking problems.

I've also heard about putting one in the microwave, but that might cause more damage to your microwave/house than intended. At least the sparking would look pretty.

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Hard drives are hermetically sealed for a reason if you open it you might as well throw it in the garbage
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I've heard that freezing the hard drive can help solve clicking problems.

I've also heard about putting one in the microwave, but that might cause more damage to your microwave/house than intended. At least the sparking would look pretty.

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yea ive heard that too, i saw a guy that experimented with that one. and it actually did work, but it appeared to only be a temporary fix cause he only got it to boot once and then just copied what he needed to another drive

and shibby, yea if you just crack open your drive in a normal environment then you may as well throw it in the trash, but if you do it right then it wont affect the drive at all
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