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Common clicking hard drives

  • clicking WD Caviar

  • clicking WD My Passport

  • clicking WD Scorpio

  • clicking Seagate Barracuda

  • clicking Seagate Momentus

  • clicking Toshiba hard drive

  • clicking Fujitsu hard drive

  • clicking Hitachi hard drive

What does a

clicking hard drive

sound like?
Click on the image below for sounds that damaged drives make.

hard drive sounds

The worlds top Data Recovery Services for clicking hard drives! By Don Anderson

Why is my hard drive clicking or clunking? By Don Anderson

Every week we receive phone calls about hard drives making strange clicking or clunking noises. This is the most common problem in hard drive failures. Usually a drive has been dropped or banged a clicking sound can be heard after and windows will no longer recognize the hard drive.

So what causes the hard drive to click?

On a hard disk drive, the click of death refers to a similar phenomenon; the head actuator may click or knock as the drive repetitively tries to recover from one or more errors. These sounds can be the heads repetitively loading or unloading, or they can be the sounds of the actuator striking a stop, or both. The click of death can signal the hard drive has crashed or failed.

clicking hard drive head
Usually a bad read/wright head causes the click of death although other problems could be the cause as well like firmware. A do it yourself recovery is a very bad idea when dealing with a clicking hard drive. Many rumors and "fixes" are all over the net like switching out the controller board, freezing, banging, and so on. This can all destroy the drive and any chances of a successful recovery. The board can not be switched on hard drives without the firmware being reprogrammed as well. Only old maxtor drives can take a straight board swap.
clicking hard drive recovery
Clicking hard drives almost always require a level 3 clean room recovery. Your best option is to store the drive safely, until you are ready to have a professional recover the data. A small percentage of drives that have surface damage "platter damage" on the service area are deemed unrecoverable from any company despite any claim they may make on some too good to be true odds of success. The typical time frame of a level 1 or 2 recovery is within 48 hours. The typical time frame of a level 3 recovery is 1-3 weeks. These are accurate, reliable, and honest answers to your questions.

“I started making calls about the clicking drive and even brought it to several computer repair shops. I was repeatedly told there was nothing anyone could do for it...”
-Joe Cook, Vineland, NJ


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data recovery advice

Do not open your drive.

Do not cook your drive.

Do not freeze your drive.

Do not continue to power the drive on.

Do not run checkdisk.

Do not bang the drive.

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Click on the image above to access free hard drive diagnostic software to give you an idea of what may be wrong with your drive. If your drive fails any of these tests you will need professional service or risk damaging the drive further.

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