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    Help with external hard drive

    My 120gb external hard drive has been acting funky on me lately and i dont understand why.

    When downloading files onto it the drive will start making a clicking and straining sound after a bit. Then when i try move the files onto another drive i am unable to do so and the drive crashes. The drive hasnt always done this and it used to work perfectly, its not that old either. I formatted it the other day and have checked it for errors and nothing came up.

    Any ideas?

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    burnt out probably.

    Dying?

    I've had a drive do the clicking and straining sounds thing. A tech head from, WD I think, said it was the head seek spring on the way out and back it up and dump it as soon as possible.

    [FONT=Verdana]Agree with the previous post - it does sound the hard disk is starting to physically fail and would recommend getting a replacement ASAP.

    The problem will be whether you can get the data off - dependent on how valuable it is to you (personal or business related) you may want to consider putting it in for data recovery but it will unfortunately costs a lot (I've done this a few times for clients & you do get mixed results as well).

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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    Original Poster

    Well i managed to get most things off of it before i formatted the drive i just had to delete a few invaluable things that refused to move. Looks like i need to search for a new drive.

    Thanks to all that Helped (Y)

    ainsleyb;6546988

    Well i managed to get most things off of it before i formatted the drive … Well i managed to get most things off of it before i formatted the drive i just had to delete a few invaluable things that refused to move. Looks like i need to search for a new drive.Thanks to all that Helped (Y)



    [FONT=Verdana]There are a number of deals for external USB hard disks listed just now if that helps.

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

    Is it a 2.5" drive powered from the Usb ?

    What type of error checking have you done? I'd make sure you're doing a full physical scan of the disk as some of the basic error checks aren't that useful.

    John
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