Clicking HD - Best way to carefully back up?

September 23, 2010 at 23:18:16
Specs: Windows XP
An old, thankfully unimportant, hard drive started clicking while I was using a computer and I quickly shut the system down. The drive isn't that important, but there are a few things I'd like to get off of it.
There are 2 drives on the computer, one with XP (the crashing one), and one with Win ME. I tried making the XP drive a slave, but it wouldn't show up when the Win ME drive loaded. In Device Manager, both hard drives are showing up with a exclamation by them, even though the Win ME is working fine. The jumper settings on the drives are also correct. What is the best way to try and get files off of it without possibly causing further damage?


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September 23, 2010 at 23:41:17
Nevermind. I decided to try and see what I could do with only the XP drive connected, and the hard drive worked fine. I am curious if it was something else, or if the hard drive is only working fine for now. Either way, I will get a new one.

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September 24, 2010 at 00:32:30
A note: Probably Win ME couldn't read XP because it was formatted NTFS.

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September 24, 2010 at 05:37:48
If the clicking has stopped after disconnecting the ME drive then perhaps the ME drive is the one failing. At any rate you can run diagnostics on both drives. Download a drive fitness utility from the manufacturer of the hard drive/s in question and run.

If you were inside the case to change cabling you may have moved a wire that may have been rubbing on a fan.

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