External Hard Drive Failure
May 11, 2005 8:58 PM Subscribe
Is there any way to recover data from an external USB 2/Firewire hard drive that has apparently decided to stop working?
posted by cathodeheart to computers & internet (7 answers total)
The drive will power up, and the motor will start, but instead of the sound of the head reading the disk that i'm used to hearing next, it starts making the most disconcerting "click" noise, as if it's repeastedly trying and failing to do something. It won't mount as a drive, and the failure seems to be mechanical in nature, since the same thing happens whether it's currently attached to a computer or not. I stopped trying to get it to start after it did this, so hopefully there's not too much damage done. Do I have any recourse? I'd prefer something I can do myself, but I'm willing to consider professional recovery efforts, assuming it's not ridiculously expensive.