Characteristics of HDD damage from ESD

February 19, 2013 at 20:50:33
Specs: Windows XP
Can someone tell me the characteristics of hard drive damage from ESD? I had a hard drive fail on me that would make a clicking sound occasionally. This does not sound like it would be ESD related, but I wanted to ask and make sure.

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#1
February 19, 2013 at 22:22:57
I don't think there's any specific symptoms that indicate ESD damage. I think though in most cases it's the circuit board that gets zapped so although the drive may spin up it's not seen by the bios.

The clicking usually indicates a failing drive but isn't exclusively due to ESD.

It's probably best to run a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic on any drive that's starting to act up.

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February 20, 2013 at 02:09:58
FWIW, ESD damage would almost never be visible---it occurs generally at a microscopic level (which is why so many people deny its' existence). The clicking sound you're hearing is typical of a general hard drive failure, not necessarily ESD.

http://datacent.com/failing_hard_dr...

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#3
February 20, 2013 at 10:23:58
See if your clicking sound is like any of these:
http://datacent.com/hard_drive_soun...

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#4
February 20, 2013 at 16:32:50
Thanks for all the replies. Derek, my fan was probably on, and I wasn't thinking about it too much at the time, but it kind of sounds like it could have been the 2nd or 3rd choice under the Seagate section. I have the Seagate 7200.10, which the website posted lists as having problems with the heads.

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#5
February 20, 2013 at 16:36:43
You could try a Linux Live CD on it (such as Puppy Linux). That might help you eliminate a few things. If the HD is working you can access it from there - also get any important stuff off and onto a flash drive before continuing.

My guess is HD but we've no real proof.

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