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Got an older hard drive in my son's computer that's having bouts at times. It does the clicking thing when trying to access it at times. Many times it appears dead and won't read. Yet at other times it seems fine. Is there anything that can be done to resurrect it or will it just be toast soon? I guess the best thing to do is simply pull everything off it I can and let it go the way of the dodo?
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Back-up the data now while you still can.
Death is inevitable.
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It's only been doing it for a year. lol Not too much to backup that can't be restored. Just some installed games that I couldn't backup anyways. I just thought there might be some McGyver trick to fix it.
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It will cost a lot of money to get the head replaced. It's not worth the trouble unless money is no object. I damaged a hard drive once by dropping it, probably got a good 5-10g's of force on it. Quoted price for data extraction, $1,000-$2,000. They have to do the work of repairing or data extraction in ISO 14644-1 dust free rooms. I'm sure it costs them quite a bit of money to maintain their certifications which is why they charge what they do.
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Sometimes the freezer trick will work as a last resort.

Stick the drive in the freezer for ~45-60 mins or so and then try to copy data off of it like a madman once it spins up.

As for a perma-fix, replace the drive.
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