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#1 Tragedy1191

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:30 PM

I'm trying to recover some data using this Rosewill adapter for IDE/SATA device. Right when I plug the HDD in, the noise starts right up and will not stop and I don't see anything on my computer popping up letting me know that it read the HDD. Is the HDD just completely toasted or is my Rosewill a piece of crap? It sounds like the HDD is having trouble even trying to to read anything, am I correct?



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:07 PM

Your hard drive has something bent inside most likely. When you hear a clicking noise inside your hard drive, it isnt good at all because its mechanical and so things are being thrown around at a high rate of speed. This could mean that your loosing your data every time it clicks. if it is not showing the reading of the drive, then it is likely fried. 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:59 PM

I'm trying to recover some data using this Rosewill adapter for IDE/SATA device. Right when I plug the HDD in, the noise starts right up and will not stop and I don't see anything on my computer popping up letting me know that it read the HDD. Is the HDD just completely toasted or is my Rosewill a piece of crap? It sounds like the HDD is having trouble even trying to to read anything, am I correct?

You are hearing The Click of Death (cue scary music). This happens because the read/write head can't find the track on the drive that gives it positioning information. That can be due to a bad controller on the drive or a bad head, but the end result is the same. The read/write head is mounted on the end of an actuator arm and the noise you are hearing is the actuator arm hitting its stops as the head swings back and forth across the drive as it tries to find location data.

 

On older drives, there were a couple of tricks that sometimes restored functionality briefly, but they don't work well with current drives. So, unless you really want to spend $1500 or so to recover your data, you are pretty much SOL. Sorry.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:38 PM

Your hard drive has something bent inside most likely. When you hear a clicking noise inside your hard drive, it isnt good at all because its mechanical and so things are being thrown around at a high rate of speed. This could mean that your loosing your data every time it clicks. if it is not showing the reading of the drive, then it is likely fried. 

Sorry if it is but i hope i helped! :)

Something bent inside the drive? Really? This has to be one of the most uninformed posts I've every read. Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs is a superb book. You should buy it and read it.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:11 PM

Thanks for the info guys. This isn't actually my laptop, it's my gf's parents. So my other question is how does the HDD malfunction? From what my gf says, they are pretty much careless on their laptop so they do drop it or carelessly place it somewhere while it's on. Is it possible that the HDD gets damaged easily if the laptop is dropped while it is on?



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:16 PM


Your hard drive has something bent inside most likely. When you hear a clicking noise inside your hard drive, it isnt good at all because its mechanical and so things are being thrown around at a high rate of speed. This could mean that your loosing your data every time it clicks. if it is not showing the reading of the drive, then it is likely fried. 
Sorry if it is but i hope i helped! :)

Something bent inside the drive? Really? This has to be one of the most uninformed posts I've every read. Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs is a superb book. You should buy it and read it.

Hey if ya don't like it then ignore it. I'm just here Givin any of my insight. If it's not good then sorry. I'm never gonna give the perfect advice. It's free advice here so why are you complaining? U bored or something?

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:53 AM

Thanks for the info guys. This isn't actually my laptop, it's my gf's parents. So my other question is how does the HDD malfunction? From what my gf says, they are pretty much careless on their laptop so they do drop it or carelessly place it somewhere while it's on. Is it possible that the HDD gets damaged easily if the laptop is dropped while it is on?

Yes, a hard drive can get damaged if it is dropped, but laptop drives are pretty shock resistant. Probably, the drive just had some electronic problems. 


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:03 AM

 

 

Your hard drive has something bent inside most likely. When you hear a clicking noise inside your hard drive, it isnt good at all because its mechanical and so things are being thrown around at a high rate of speed. This could mean that your loosing your data every time it clicks. if it is not showing the reading of the drive, then it is likely fried. 
Sorry if it is but i hope i helped! :)

Something bent inside the drive? Really? This has to be one of the most uninformed posts I've every read. Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs is a superb book. You should buy it and read it.

Hey if ya don't like it then ignore it. I'm just here Givin any of my insight. If it's not good then sorry. I'm never gonna give the perfect advice. It's free advice here so why are you complaining? U bored or something?

 

Well, if you want your advice to be taken seriously, you should have at least a basic amount of hardware expertise, and you are clearly lacking. It's good that you wan't to help, but you really don't know jack. Read a book or two, get an A+ cert, and come back when you have some basic competency.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:25 AM

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:21 AM

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Edited by hamluis, 09 November 2013 - 01:07 PM.
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:12 PM

I'm trying to recover some data using this Rosewill adapter for IDE/SATA device. Right when I plug the HDD in, the noise starts right up and will not stop and I don't see anything on my computer popping up letting me know that it read the HDD. Is the HDD just completely toasted or is my Rosewill a piece of crap? It sounds like the HDD is having trouble even trying to to read anything, am I correct?

 

 

To determine if the hard drive is functional, run the long diagnostic, following the provided instructions:

 

Guide, SeaTools For DOS - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOSguide.pdf

 

SeaTools for DOS Download - http://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/consumer-electronics/ld25-series/seatools-dos-master/

 

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