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Old WD Hard Drive Spins up, does not click

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#1 iKokomo


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:03 AM

I had an old HD that would not power up, so I replaced the PCB with the exact same model and now it powers on! Yay! 
The only problem is the hard drive does not click at all, the motor just runs, but besides that, there is no other sounds. 
The hard drive never mounts. 
Is there a way to fix this? 
It is a SATA Western Digital WD3200JS
Ps. There is nothing on google about non clicking hard drives, just clicking hard drives.

Edited by iKokomo, 04 August 2017 - 10:06 AM.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:53 AM

If you are looking to recover your data did you also swap the ROM chip? HDDs don't normally click, only defective ones.



#3 britechguy


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:14 AM

I don't know exactly how to describe it, and it's much softer for laptop drives than the huge (physically) old desktop drives, but they all make some sort of clicking/ticking sound as they spin up.  I always presumed this was the head positioning mechanism doing it's thing.  You generally have to be very close to hear it, though.  I never notice it when the drives are in place inside the hardware as there are too many other, louder sounds.


I would presume that if one cannot hear this that the drive is dead.

Edited by britechguy, 04 August 2017 - 11:15 AM.

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#4 The-Toolman


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:22 AM

Have you tested the drive to see if you can write to it or read from it.

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