external hard drive spins, clicks, then beeps

November 28, 2010 at 21:32:32
Specs: Windows 7
My computer is not seeing my external hard drive. I can feel the drive spin, then two clicks, and then a beep. These three happen in this order over and over again. Would the freezing method work on my hard drive? The hard drive is 3 years old and is a Toshiba 320GB model (don't remember specs). Any help would be much appreciated.

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November 29, 2010 at 03:05:48
The hard drive beep! are u sure? If the drive click then it's bad, the freezing method may work or not but after freezing data recovery will be impossible.

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November 29, 2010 at 03:21:17
The "freezing method" you refer to (allowing a drive to chill to below freezing) is problematic at best. It's generally used as a last-ditch measure to recover data from a near-dead drive, not to allow one to run longer. At best, it will give you a few minutes (maybe an hour or two if you're really lucky) of run-time to recover what data you can for backup. As soon as the drive returns to "room-temperature", the problems return again. Done improperly (which happens more often than not), condensation from the change of temperatures will permanently destroy a drive. If you merely want to recover the data, then I'd suggest you read this discussion (and judge for yourself) :


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November 29, 2010 at 05:22:16
The freezing technique can be useful if you wish to recover data but it is not of sufficient importance to warrant the cost of commercial data recovery services (which are very expensive). If freezing fails you may make commercial recovery much more difficult or impossible. The same applies for any do it yourself recovery.

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