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external hard drive issue
show user profile  MrCaseStudy
so i have a lot of work on my hard external hard drive but as i connect the usb to the PC it does not read at all anymore and there is a funny ticking noise coming from the device, is it dead? or fixable? anybody have any input im in serious need! thanks!
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1/22/2016 9:26:38 PM (last edit: 1/22/2016 9:26:38 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Sounds like the click of death, unfortunately.

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1/22/2016 9:47:22 PM (last edit: 1/22/2016 9:47:22 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Yeah, I lost my 1TB external Buffalo HD to the fuckin click o' death. Lost a bunch of data, nothing important luckily. Lesson learnt though... All my important stuff (non-sensitive) stuff is backed up to a couple of cloud companies.
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1/22/2016 9:54:38 PM (last edit: 1/22/2016 9:54:38 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Same here. One backup isn't enough sadly. I had all our family photos backed up in a single location. All gone.

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1/22/2016 10:01:12 PM (last edit: 1/22/2016 10:01:12 PM)
show user profile  S. Silard
I just copied all of the family photos to an external hard drive. It might be better to buy one more immediately.

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1/22/2016 11:16:08 PM (last edit: 1/22/2016 11:16:08 PM)
show user profile  c0
Put it in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer overnight. Seriously. The next day connect it to your computer again. There is a 10% chance this will work. If it does, copy your most essential files first as it will likely crash again once it warms up.

If the drive has physical head damage professional data recovery businesses can open the drive in a cleanroom environment and use components from an identical donor hard disk to repair the drive. If the head that normally hovers just above the platter(s) has crashed (= touched) the platters a complete data recovery is unlikely. Expen$$$ive.
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1/23/2016 1:02:11 AM (last edit: 1/23/2016 1:05:19 AM)
show user profile  S. Silard
Double sure I'll buy one more external hard drive.

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1/23/2016 1:03:38 AM (last edit: 1/23/2016 1:03:38 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Remember stabby saying one time that the safest place for data is in a subterranean mountain lair, lava-proof, flood-proof, electrostatic-proof and with an infinite supply of oatmeal cookies. He used some fancy technical hardware words also, but I only remember these ones.
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1/23/2016 1:11:20 AM (last edit: 1/23/2016 1:12:59 AM)
show user profile  ccampbell
Sounds like you'll be needing a new, more reliable hard drive then?

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1/23/2016 4:54:48 PM (last edit: 1/23/2016 4:54:48 PM)
show user profile  donvella
if its really important data, theres 2 options if the freezer idea doesnt work (it actually does work sometimes)

remove the green chip on the back and replace it with another one

you can send it to a company that specialises in this. In Australia its not cheap - about $2000 to attempt to repair with no guarantee they will get anything off the disk

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1/24/2016 10:42:41 PM (last edit: 1/24/2016 10:42:41 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
"about $2000 to attempt to repair with no guarantee they will get anything off the disk"

Sounds like a winning business plan. I might set myself up one of those. "So yeah, I attempted a repair." - with a hammer - "but couldn't retrieve your data, sorry. That'll be two thousand bucks."
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1/25/2016 12:12:34 AM (last edit: 1/25/2016 12:13:24 AM)
show user profile  donvella
lol, exactly why I didnt send them my hard drives

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1/25/2016 1:16:28 AM (last edit: 1/25/2016 1:16:28 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
Sometimes. the clicking noise from a USB HDD, will be a power issue (talking about 2.5" disks with no external power supply). The USB plug is not supplying enough power, and then the repeating clicking is the HDD attempting to power on.
HAve you tried a different USB port (on desktop computers, the rear USB ports will, for some ungodly reason, be more stable than the front ports) or a different computer?

Otherwise, try taking the box apart. Inside is likely a regular SATA disk. You can try hooking this up directly to a desktop computer, that way you at least know if the issue is with the actual HDD or the USB box. Unless it is some sort of NAS box, running linux with a weird Raid setup.

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1/25/2016 2:35:21 PM (last edit: 1/25/2016 2:55:27 PM)
show user profile  MrCaseStudy
ok so i have not tried the bag and freezer option yet, but i did get somewhere, kind of,

plugged it into the back of a pc, it came up on the desktop that it was checking the device and then said that the device was ok to use, i go into my computer and try to open the drive which says its in (I) as i open it i have had 2 messages,

location is not available
the parameter is incorrect,

still dead? or life yet?
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3/16/2016 7:02:10 PM (last edit: 3/16/2016 7:02:10 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Remember folks, if you're moving the only copy of something to somewhere external, that isn't a backup, it's just storage.

I realise that isn't the issue of the topic here, but it's wroth considering. I've had examples in the past of someone saying that they have backups of stuff on X, and then freak the fuck out months later when X dies, and I say "Well, no worries, just buy a new X and store the stuff on it" and then they scream "YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU IDIOT, IT'S ALL GONE" and then I say "WELL THEN YOU'RE THE FUCKING IDIOT, YOU DIDN'T BACK ANYTHING UP, YOU JUST MOVED IT"

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3/16/2016 7:35:32 PM (last edit: 3/16/2016 7:35:32 PM)
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