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February 4, 2010 1:01 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to recover a failing hard drive, when it's making a clicking sound? Is there a cheap way?
posted by TuxHeDoh to computers & internet (23 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a 120Gb Western Digital WD1200 - I just dug a couple old computers out of the closet. The one was my primary machine for almost 8 years. The OS was in poor condition so I took this drive out of the other computer and started moving data to it... mostly 10yr old digital photos and other random documents. Yes Moving, not copying.
So I have this drive, I brought it to work with me today and now it's not reading. It spins up, and clicks a few times before deciding to quit.
From what I've read, swapping the circuit board is sometimes useful if the drive doesn't spin at all, which is not the case. This one is clicking. I did try the "freezer trick", which did not change the activity as far as I can tell.
One data recovery company I called told me they could probably ship it to their lab, but it would cost $1200. Is there a cheaper way to work on this? A device that might let me take the platters out and access the data?
I have little to no money to spend on this. It'd be awful to loose this data, but for the last two years, it was good as gone to us. Can anyone provide me a sliver of hope?