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    I've got an external LaCie (containing a 500 gig 7200rpm Samsung) HD that died on me the other day. I turn it on and I just just a very faint tapping about every 3/4 of a sec (not to be confused with clicking, which surely means death of a HD from my experience). The HD doesn't show up in the Windows device manager or in OS X's Disk Utility. Any last ditch suggestions? If I went the data recovery path, my budget is around $500. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: HD advice -- any suggestions?

    I've heard of putting them in the freezer. I've never done it myself though.
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      Re: HD advice -- any suggestions?

      I think this needs to be moved to the Hardware and Software Discussion Board

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        Re: HD advice -- any suggestions?

        Check the power supply that powers the drive... I've also heard of chilling drives, but I'd be careful about actually freezing it.



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        • #5
          Re: HD advice -- any suggestions?

          one of my internal HDDs did the same thing you describe when I put too much pressure on it by squishing it in with some wires. If there is anything sitting on top of your external take it off and see if it works.


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            Re: HDD advice -- any suggestions?

            Take the actual hard drive out of the external enclosure, then slowly rotate the hard drive around and around.

            If you hear clanking/clinking noises, then most likely one of the platters came apart or the needle itself broke.
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            • #7
              Re: HDD advice -- any suggestions?

              as for a new drive I just got the WD SE16 640GB and its been great very fast and cheap. now its even cheaper I got mine for 95
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                Re: HDD advice -- any suggestions?

                Originally posted by Reaperassault View Post
                as for a new drive I just got the WD SE16 640GB and its been great very fast and cheap. now its even cheaper I got mine for 95
                nice! i was actually looking at that a while back and hoping it would drop in price.


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                • #9
                  Re: HDD advice -- any suggestions?

                  I've heard a few ways to make the cryogenic approach feasible. In short, you chill it in a sealed bag (except for wires which you seal around) with something to absorb the moisture that's in the air in the bag; you chill it; when ready you plug it into a prepared system (destination drive, barebones OS install) and you copy your ass off.

                  Afterwards, you get some magnets. Once you start using quality rare-earth magnets, you'll never want to see a wimpy ceramic magnet ever again.

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                  • #10
                    Re: HDD advice -- any suggestions?

                    Thanks for all the great suggestions, guys! I'll definitely give them a try. Good call on that WD... I did a couple solid hours of reading and research and the WDs seem to come out ahead. On top of that--on the anecdotal side--all my WDs to date are still doing great. Fortunately (?), the stuff on that HS could have been MUCH worse. Let my blood spilled be a healthy reminder to dust off your backup scripts and make sure your important stuff is backed up! :^)

                    Thanks,
                    Andy

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                    • #11
                      Re: HDD advice -- any suggestions?

                      Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                      If you hear clanking/clinking noises, then most likely one of the platters came apart or the needle itself broke.
                      You mean the head. I don't think they've ever used vinyl for hard drives, old timer. :p
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