Clicking hard drive

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Detonator, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Detonator

    Detonator OSNN Addict

    I have a computer with a dead hard disk. Bios will not recognize it on bootup, and the drive just emits a series of clicks. The rest of the computer works ok, checked it with another disk I had around, all is good. i have already ordered a replacement drive.

    Is there any way to retrieve the data off the old drive? The computer belongs to my boss, and while he has learned the hard way about back-ups, he would like his data back. If I can't do it, he understands, its not important enough to him to use a data recovery service. It would be cool if I could do this for him, though.

  2. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Thick waterproof and air proof bag.

    Wrap the drive in it and make sure it's sealed (the bag).

    Freeze it for a few hours.

    Add it as a slave and save files from drive.

    I have been told this can work, never done it myself as I backup everyday to an external disk and a partition on my HD. So if one fails I can still do something about it.
  3. ejn74

    ejn74 Folding Master! Political User Folding Team

    Western Iowa
    I've heard of that method as well. Never have had to try it though.

    It may work for you.
  4. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

    Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
    Drives like that are terminal. You can only get data back by sending it off to a data recovery place.
  5. Weasel

    Weasel Define 'Cynical'

    Sammamish, WA
    I've never heard of this actually working and it never has for myself personally (went through a lot of drives back in the day) but your results might differ. Typically if I hear the dreaded "click click" from a hard drive I just rip it out and go to town on it with a hammer; it's pretty much toast.
  6. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

    FL, USA
    a clicking drive is a totally dead drive, its physically damaged beyond reading/writing.