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If your hardrive stops spinning and give a click click click is it....

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
done for?

I turned it on yesterday, worked fine the last time I had it on...nothing out of the ordinary...then yesterday plugged in, and the little blue light on the enclosure clicks blinks and you can here this click click click sound?

is this dead?

I know deep down it probably is, but I'm hoping some knight in shining armour will come by and post telling me that if I do this, then that, I can access my files and backup to my ipod in the short term......Please knight/shining armour/technical sweety

(its an iomega 320gb, 3.5 hardrive and I only have 2x laptops)
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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banned#1
dead :-(
#2
It sometimes means that it is not drawing enough power. One of mine did this until I plugged in its own power source.
#3
R.i.p.
banned#4
If you do manage to get on it, back everything up and get a new hard drive immediately :)
#5
ummmm :cry:

it is being plugged into its own powersource :cry::cry::cry::cry::


Is it expensive to get someone to take everything off for you?
#6
checking out Maplins:

Is this anygood, I was thinking if I bought this
SATA USB Hard Drive Docking Station with HUB & CardReader

and a SATA hardrive, I could even try and put the hardrive into the existing Iomega enclosure

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=226653

or best to go with Western Digital

I will now plan to have a second hardrive, backing up form the 1st, surely all 3 cant die at the same time....learn by my mistakes, get your macbook dvd fixed, backup your files, add them to the hardrive and then back that up to another.....but is that being over protected??
#7
tlck9;3211335
ummmm :cry:

it is being plugged into its own powersource :cry::cry::cry::cry::


Is it expensive to get someone to take everything off for you?


It is dead then. Sorry.

Yes, very expensive.

I know someone who has 4 backup harddrives. I use two.
#8
take it out of enclosure and plug in in your pc if possible, other that that yes it is very expensive for clean room data recovery.
#9
maddogb
take it out of enclosure and plug in in your pc if possible, other that that yes it is very expensive for clean room data recovery.


Okay, here is my stupid question, is there a cheap lead to connect it to my laptop, I dont have a PC tower?
#10
sorry sweet
http://images.google.co.uk/url?q=http://mysite.verizon.net/paulieweb/pictures/14.jpg&usg=AFQjCNHhrcD73o6ybbKt53H3hMfeC8ekAg
#11
tlck9
Okay, here is my stupid question, is there a cheap lead to connect it to my laptop, I dont have a PC tower?


ooo don't think so, you can buy external power supplies these usually come with usb-ide adapters but not seen them on their own,
no m8's with a desktop PC?
#12
snowtiger;3211470
sorry sweet
http://images.google.co.uk/url?q=http://mysite.verizon.net/paulieweb/pictures/14.jpg&usg=AFQjCNHhrcD73o6ybbKt53H3hMfeC8ekAg



You been taking pictures of my backyard again snowtiger?
#13
Some people reckon that you can bring them back to life for a short period by freezing them. I know it sounds daft but apparently it works in some cases:?
#14
Have a look at ebay item number 280275212405 - this type of device will let you read either laptop or desktop hard drives on any PC with a USB port including a laptop, it's very handy for data recovery.

Unfortunately it does sound like the hard drive has failed, if you can't get anything from it trying the above device then your only option is professional data recovery services which you're probably looking at around 400 to 500 pounds minimum for a failed drive.

John
#15
If it's clicking, the drive probably isn't even initialising. Connecting it to another PC/Laptop will just be a waste of time.

I know it's a moot point now, but you must always think about redundancy when using any storage medium. If you have photos, docs etc back them up to DVD once every 6 months (DVD-Rs are like 20p). If one fails you still have the contents of the one before/after so all is not lost.

I wish there was more that could be done, hardware failure on HDDs is pretty terminal.
#16
Mine has been doing the same for about a month...External HD,external power supply...When I turn it on it tries to start,click click click, nothing,then it does it again,click click click, nothing. The blue light is on and you can hear it trying to start. What works for me,is letting it try a couple of times,then, turning it off and on again,and then whacking the top of it very hard!! Now I mean hard!
This works :-D I have turned it on about 10 times doing this so far. SO, if yours is the same,keep it plugged in,do as I do,and it will "boot up" come on,whatever you call it. Plug in another external HD to your puter and copy files over to it, or get the importent stuff from it and burn a few DVD's. Sorted. :thumbsup:
#17
rehydrated;3211735
Mine has been doing the same for about a month...External HD,external power supply...When I turn it on it tries to start,click click click, nothing,then it does it again,click click click, nothing. The blue light is on and you can hear it trying to start. What works for me,is letting it try a couple of times,then, turning it off and on again,and then whacking the top of it very hard!! Now I mean hard!


:w00t:

Hard discs don't react well to being hit - nor do their warranties!
#18
LoL. We don't know how old it is :whistling: She is not wanting to claim the warranty, only wanting the info off of it. Worth trying that rather than paying someone £500 as someone else suggested to recover it...I like the idea of putting it in the freezer, that might work. I thought that the OP was looking for ideas to try and recover it. She only needs a good whack at the right time and the HD might boot up. Or to freeze it and try it,and while it is defrosting to try and grab a few files from it, yes? I am interested to hear other ideas.
Like all posts, if you don't have anything GOOD - POSITIVE to say , don't say anything :p
#19
rehydrated;3211843
Like all posts, if you don't have anything GOOD - POSITIVE to say , don't say anything :p


But your advice was BAD, and would result in a NEGATIVE outcome :p

The heads in a harddrive float so close to the discs the if you hit one hard when the platters are spinning and the heads are over the platters that you will very likely cause permanent data loss with no chance of recovery. When a hard drive doesn't boot up properly - as sounds the case here - it is often a suggestion that the hard drive is about to fail but isn't necessarily broken already, and the data on the platters is still very probably intact. One option is to keep trying - make sure its connected to a USB port that can deliver the full current available (so generally not a laptop port) and make sure the power supply is connected. Try it a few times, try it in both horizontal and vertical orientations (horizontal ie drive flat is the best as the platters are not acting against gravity). Disconnect it, let it cool (including PSU) and try again (not sure I'd go for the freezing route though as that will cause condensation to build on the PCB and possibly inside - not good!). If possible, try a different power supply (ideally identical).

If ever it does work, try and copy only the smallest, most important files first - irreplaceable stuff - copy stuff you can get back from elsewhere last. If you do manage to recover the data then you can probably still get the HDD replaced under warranty (depending on its age obv.)
#20
Mine click click clicked in my laptop for a about a year before it finally gave up (it rattles when i shake it)
#21
I am the worst person for ensuring I get a backup, but....my mac dvd drive has recently failed and therefore couldnt back stuff up to dvd from the hardrive, should have done something then....

i have tons of dvd's of backups so many I dont really know what is on any of them.

Oh bummer

Thanks for the advice out there, again just another thing to put down to experience
#22
i have somthing leaning on its edge it has stoppe clicking but still not turning, but i am holding it.....nothing coming up on the laptop tough any ideas
#23
PS Have you tried turning it on when its not connected to USB? What does it do then?

Also what model/age?
#24
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

:):)

Faulty power cable, its spinning, its spiining its spinning, yippidy do dar

but only on its edge, wont work laying down
#25
Nice one :)

I'd make a backup of you important stuff ASAP just in case it happens again! If the power cable fault is 'intermittent' you risk losing data if it turns off mid read/write.

PS Remember - copy the small, irreplaceable files first!
#26
When you say faulty power cable - can you see where its faulty? Is there a cut or is it where it plugs into the unit? It could maybe also be a faulty connection on the circuit or connectors inside the enclosure maybe (might explain the only working on its side).

Copy the important stuff off it now and then investigate if you still have any warranty on it - if you do, I'd recommend going and buying a new portable HDD today, transferring what you can then sending the Iomega off for replacement...
#27
I am doing just that...

I tried another power cable and put the hardrive on its side, the light on it stopped clicking and stayed on, however there was only a static sound coming, the clicking had stopped.

when I tried another cable, the blue light came on and the spinning started, I'm thinking that perhaps it is a faulty connection, as 2 power cables cant be wrong....

I dont want to risk losing it again, so I'm backing up to the otherlaptop and then will burn several DVD's

I know what i'm doing tonight, but I dont care....thanks everyone for you support and help:thumbsup:
banned#28
looooooooooooooooooooool , 'click, click, click'

Probably too much HUKD my friend :roll:
#29
Have you checked for warranty? Think iomega stuff is two years so you are probably still covered, they should replace the drive...
#30
on the down side, I'm sure it is around 2 years old, and I dont think it had a two year warranty, bought it form apple, so I ought to check really
#32
i am sitting in a precarious position: dare not move the drive, so it is right in front of the keyboard and I'm sat with each cable each side of my legs, :giggle:
#33


will do, thanks will take a look and find the date of purchase, will have it somewhere as I bought online

:(
Your 320GB USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive is NOT IN WARRANTY.
#34
Have fun :giggle:

Take it you are actually managing to get data from it then?
#35
tlck9;3212401
:(
Your 320GB USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive is NOT IN WARRANTY.


Bum, never mind - it sounds like the drive itself is not broken, so you at least you haven't lost your data (touch wood). If its a problem with the lead or connectors is probably a relatively easy repair so its not 'worthless' either; if possible I'd buy a replacement asap then you can transfer stuff more easily than the DVD method :thumbsup:
#36
at the moment I am getting data, I have had problems with a crash so far, so you are perfectly correct, get another and back it up

But the main thing is that I am getting stuff from it at th moment. Now this has happened I will have to get the DVD sorted as well.

Thanks again.....all is not lost, yet
#37
I'm glad to be proved wrong if it means you get some/all of your data off the drive :-D

If you have a Gmail account, you could always email yourself the important stuff (docs, images etc) as their mail storage is quite high. at least you'll have an online copy for the time being.
#38
Ahh, so it's working now and not dead...Rep much? :whistling:
#39
rehydrated;3213128
Ahh, so it's working now and not dead...Rep much? :whistling:

loling at the serial rep begger
#40
What! lol, it's only been twice now :oops: I want to be solar :-D

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