About a week or so ago, I bought a refurbished MacBook to replace my busted one. I switched out the new hard drive with my old one and then commandeered it for use with my severely hard-up-for-space PC. I don't think switching it from Mac to PC would have any bearing on my current predicament, since I didn't have any problem reformating it, but you never know.
This issue at hand is such:
One day, it was working fine. The next, it started beeping at me. I don't recall if I removed it, and then the issue started when I plugged it back in, or if it just suddenly went dark completely unpromted.
I looked up a tutorial on how to fix the problem, where I was informed that "the head was on the plate" or some similarly morbid euphemism. Opening it up, lo, I found that the arm was situated over the disk as was shown in the tutorial. I followed the instructions given, gently rotating the disk and moving the arm back in place. Foolishly, I went and screwed the top back on, confident that I'd solved everything in one go.
The result of this was a slightly different beeping sound. Angrily re-unscrewing the top, I found that the arm wasn't over the disk-- it seemed fine, based on my knowledge of what a working hard drive should look like inside (which would be none whatsoever).
I figured at this point it would be best to just make a video of the problem:
There might be some lag in the video-- I don't know if it's the video itself, or just the result of viewing it on my memory-deprived computer, but I hope it's clear enough. Note, that after a short pause, it'll start up again... and continue to fail.
I think I might have a warranty on it, but if possible, I'd like to have another go at fixing it myself. Unless it's completely busted. At which point, I really hope that warranty covers file recovery. Thankfully, there's nothing too earth-shatteringly important on there, but it's the principle of the thing.
I think I've come to accept that my fate in life is to constantly be fixing jank hard drives that are sure to break again a couple months later, like some sort of 21th century Sisyphus.