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External Hard Drive Dead (Clicking Sound)

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  • Started 3 years ago by Jafo
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Jafo
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So my hard drive died and I have a huge amount of data (500GB) I would like to recover myself if at all possible. As the Title says, the drive makes a clicking sound a few times when I plug the drive in and is not recognized by Windows. I pulled it from it case and added it to a USB to SATA connector with the same results and I added it internally with no luck. I've googled solutions but nothing that I've tried has worked. If I destroy the drive, not a big deal. At this point I'm looking at it that everything is gone but if I can recover anything, that would be great.

Posted 3 years ago
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Lighthouse
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You may have to send it to the specialists $$$.
Unless you can find another HDD, exactly the same, and with the same firmware installed. Then you need to create a clean room (not too difficult) and learn how to switch the platters.

Posted 3 years ago
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Jafo
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I'm not looking to send the drive to anyone, this is a project I can do myself and it doesn't matter if I break it since it's pretty much already dead.

Posted 3 years ago
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Lighthouse
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First try sealing it in a plastic bag, and sticking it in the fridge overnight. But be quick with the reconnection and transfer.

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