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external HDD: quiet "tk tk tk tk tk" sound


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#1 ZT-repairseek

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:52 PM

my external drive seems to have failed. when powered on it makes a very quiet tk tk tk tk sound, kinda clicking, like, once a second. impairs bootup/shutdown on the comp it was attached to unless powered off or disconnected, and while device manager can see it and install it's drivers, it doesn't appear in windows explorer.

so what sort of failure does this sound like? I've been to datacent, and none of the noises they have seem to match up.

for ref, it's a maxtor onetouch III T01H300. it's also a few years out of warrantee, sadly.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:01 PM

It sounds like a dead drive.
Clicking sound comes from reading head hitting on platters.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:38 PM

gah. so much for hope of recovering anything from it. I guess I couldn't be lucky enough to have the mechanism have seized and been TK TK TKing trying to move but failing. *sigh* 200GB or so down the tubes... X_X

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:42 PM

You could go to a specialist that can recover your data but it is gonna cost a lot.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:57 PM

If the data is CRUCIAL to you, take killers advice above. Seek professionals.

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If you are a gambler you can try freezing the drive to shrink components. it may free the seek head. remove from freezer and be prepared to immediately copy to another drive. I got two hours out of a stuck IDE drive before it seized again. This is not a fool proof method and does not always work.




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