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My external drive is playing a pretty little song!!!


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#1 skittleys

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 06:44 PM

As stated in the title, my external drive is playing a tune!!

To listen, go here: http://www.mediafire.com/?3766ye2u1tf0e9r

This is obviously indicative of a major problem. What I'm wondering is whether this tune is diagnostic and/or prognostic in and of itself. As it's actually a Western Digital drive (I forget what kind) inside an enclosure (Bytecc HD4-U2) (both purchased ~2004), I'm also wondering which component is at fault here.

Any ideas?!?!?

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 07:18 PM

To my ear, that sounds sickeningly like the actuator arm coming into contact with the rotating platters. Are you even able to access the data on the drive? If so, copy it off their quick starting with the most important files.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:01 PM

No, I can't access the data. When I plug it in, it makes the little ding-dong noise after a few seconds, recognizing that something's been plugged in, but after about 30s, it does the dong-ding removed noise.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 07:29 AM

Unfortunately the hard drive is failing or dead.

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