Broken HDD noises (vid link)

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April 13, 2010 at 10:34:21
Specs: Windows Vista Premium SP2, -

Will need to turn the voulme up.

It does this for about 30-40 seconds before going totally silent (I assume turning itself off)

Ideas? Halp? Repairable?

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April 13, 2010 at 10:40:33
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April 13, 2010 at 10:40:59
All hard drives are repairable its just a matter of how much money you want to spend. There are data recovery companies that will pull the platters and stick them into another drive to get the data off but they are very expensive. I hope you backup or if not you will start. Get yourself an External USB drive and do backups to it.

Ok that being said, does your BIOS recognize the drive at all?
Does DISKPART see the drive?

Need more to go on.

If not then you need to buy a new drive. So, sorry.

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April 13, 2010 at 10:48:49
It sounds a bit like the first sound someone linked.

As for the other questions, I can't afford much. I can't backup off it because (as far as I'm aware) nothing detects it. It just makes noises and then gives up after 40 seconds. I'm not sure how to find out if my BIOS or DISKPART can see it... all I know is nothing shows up in device manager and the drive isn't even spinning once its 40 second attempt is over.

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April 13, 2010 at 10:55:03
I just ran DISKPART and no, it does not detect it. I'm pretty sure the drive is "off" when it stops making noises, and it does not detect it when it IS making noises

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April 13, 2010 at 12:01:47
Oh darn you most probably have a failing Drive Head. Some hard drives make noises like this as a normal function but a failing drive will do this because its head is no longer reading the platters and the controller no longer knows the head position until it slams the arm into the stops making clicking sounds. Hopefully you drive head has not come detached from the arm because it would damage the platters and a data recovery company would have a hard time retrieving the data after that.

Sorry, I feel you pain. I hope you backup.

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April 13, 2010 at 12:05:51
The noise is caused by the heads retracting to the home position and then retrying a read. The drive is kaput.

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