Ticking HDD

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August 21, 2009 at 04:12:28
Specs: Microsoft Windows XPPro, Int Pent core2 Duo E8400 3 GHz 2 GB Ram
My SATA HDD has packed up it now just makes a ticking noise, any suggestions to kick it into life again!!

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August 21, 2009 at 04:25:20
Yeah its stuffed, plug it into another pc and try to save the data before it fails completely.

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August 21, 2009 at 06:12:36



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August 21, 2009 at 07:44:16
Not what I wanted to hear but just what I exspected...thanks.

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August 21, 2009 at 09:17:49
You might try the freezer 15 minute trick to get you info off

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August 21, 2009 at 10:25:18
What worldlibrary said!

I've used that trick before and it's worked. Of course, whether or not that will work for you depends on what exactly is wrong with the drive. If it does work, you don't want to waste any time getting the data off.

May I suggest quickly imaging the drive and then saving the image until you can put it on the replacement drive. Making an image will go faster than copying/pasting.

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August 26, 2009 at 05:16:24
Am I right in thinking the "Freezer Trick" stick it in a plastic bag then in the freezer for 15 minutes??

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August 26, 2009 at 05:53:20
If the drive is still turning then the freezer trick will be of no help.

Try recovery programs or a live version of Linux. You may also try connecting to another computer internally as a slave drive. The OS may have become too corrupted to boot but data may still be accessible.

Below are some links that may help. The recovery programs need to be run from a working computer with the bad drive connected as a slave (not boot drive). At any rate, the more you allow it to run the less likely you are to recover anything. Your issue is why you should ALWAYS maintain at least two copies of any data you wish to keep.


PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free

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August 27, 2009 at 01:31:19
Thanks for that.

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August 27, 2009 at 06:51:43
I was listening to the podcast Security Now, and they mentioned something similar. (For reference, Steve works with/on HDDs for a living):

STEVE: I also picked up a comment, I don't remember now why, but I was watching you, Leo, on the weekend, on your Tech Guy show. And a caller was talking about their drive clicking.

LEO: Yes.

STEVE: And the drive was no longer working, and it was clicking. And I hear that enough that I just wanted to address that briefly. That clicking is what the drive does when it is arguably at or past life, unfortunately.

LEO: Oh.

STEVE: [T]he drive will put the heads out on the surface and try to obtain a servo lock. // [T]he drive's ability to lock onto this servo information is the first thing it does when it puts the heads out. If it's unable to acquire that servo information, it'll mov[e] the heads around, looking for it. That's the click you hear.

Still STEVE: [T]hat clicking is the drive's inability, essentially, to get itself going. There's nothing else it can do. And so what you hear is a clickitic, clickitic, clickitic, clickitic.

LEO: Uh-huh, uh-huh.

STEVE: And it's not until the drive achieves that servo lock that it . . . says, "I'm online." So essentially the drive is offline. There's nothing any software can do. Sometimes this is where you put the drive in the refrigerator because that's an old-school approach. But, I mean, you're literally - you don't have many boots left of this - on a drive that's doing that.

LEO: Well, now, let's distinguish that between a drive that's having trouble reading a sector and trying over and over again. That sounds a little bit like a clickety, too. That's like an eh-eh, eh-eh, eh-eh.

STEVE: Yes. There can be that. But I guess there's a - it's a louder, sort of distinctive sound which you will hear shortly after you power up the system where the drive is just kind of going geklunkit, geklankit, geklankit, geklankit, geklankit.

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