Broken Ex HDD

  Paulo1992 21:05 18 Apr 2008

My Ex HDD has broken down on me. Its a 70gb Mobile Disk. Everytime i turn it on it continuously clicks and makes a noise similiar to the revving up of a car engine. I dont understand why it isnt working. Its way out of warranty and was wondering if anyone knew of any ideas i could try.

The LED is turning on showing that there is current running through it however these noises are bizarre and the computer will not recognize the hard disk.

Any Help Would Be Greatly Appreciated :D


Any other information required just let me know and i will do my best to get it for you.

Thanks Again

  UncleP 21:43 18 Apr 2008

Doesn't sound good; you say the computer doesn't recognize the HD - in which way?

The fundamental check is to look for it on the disk management page; if it's not there, it's probably defunct. If it is, the entry will give some indication of its status.

  Paulo1992 21:50 18 Apr 2008

I checked the disc management page and there is only my c: drive

Does that mean that there is no way at all of recovering the files on it ? :(

Please Write Back

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:07 18 Apr 2008

Does that mean that there is no way at all of recovering the files on it ? :(

Yo need disk management to recognise the drive so you can run recovery programs.

Data can be recovered from the drive platters by a specialist company but it will cost a fortune.

  DieSse 23:51 18 Apr 2008

Does it have an external power supply?

Or does it use a special USB cable with two connectors on one end?

  woodchip 00:03 19 Apr 2008

First look in My Computer to see if the Disc shows, if it does, run Disc Checker by right clicking the drive then tools \ Disc Checker do a full scan

  woodchip 00:05 19 Apr 2008

If it does not work as above try the disc as slave in the computer and run disc checker. The MBR Master Boot Record is Corrupt on the drive

  UncleP 18:50 19 Apr 2008

Non-appearance of a HD on the Data Management page can be due to a poor connexion or loss of power to a critical component. Unfortunately, the symptoms you describe are more likely to result from a fault at the heart of the HD (ie the platters and read/write head). Initially the damage might be relatively minor, but it is often progressive ie it spreads across the disk each time it is powered up.

The professional solution is to disassemble the HD in a clean room and try to read what remains on each platter using special equipment. It's a difficult and time-consuming procedure, which explains why it costs at least £100 (and sometimes much more). However, some firms run an initial diagnostic test which gives a reasonable idea of the probability of success and for which they charge a minimal fee. A Google search will give you names and e-mail addresses or phone numbers. Their websites will often given useful tips on how to handle dodgy HDs.

It really depends on how important and valuable the missing data is, and only you can be the judge of that. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings and, believe me, I would very happy to be proved wrong.

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