Clicking Western Digital Media External Hard Drive

  Angry Kid 08:13 22 Aug 10

Morning everyone,

Please can someone help me.

Yesterday I noticed that my drive was not functioning correctly and have now checked out the WD website for answers and think I have a drive failure.

However, when switching on the drive I get a faint clicking noise and cant turn off the unit in the normal manner except by removing the power. The drive is also not recognised in My Computer running XP.

Is anyone able to confirm my fears or recommend any software / procedure to recover my files?

Thanks as always.

Angry ;-)

  rawprawn 08:17 22 Aug 10

Sounds as though it is defunct, can you see it in Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer management > Disk Management?

  Nontek 08:18 22 Aug 10

I think your fears are probably correct - clicking is not a good sign!

Forewarned is forearmed!

  Angry Kid 09:43 22 Aug 10


Thank you for your postings.

rawprawn.. Have followed your instructions and I cant see the drive.

Any ideas how I now go about trying to recover my data?

Angry ;-)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:48 22 Aug 10

click here test disk probably best recovery software for your situation.

  robin_x 10:56 22 Aug 10

google fridge freezer hdd. you may be able to rescue your data if you are quick on the defrosting. dont use it in the meantime.

If it is internal hdd, you have to take it out of course. all good fun for sunday, i dont envy you.

scuse the caps lock or lack of them.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:02 22 Aug 10

The freezer trick is an absolute last resort. :0)

  jakimo 11:21 22 Aug 10

New hard drives are fairly cheap now,so best to be on the safe side,and transfer all your files to another HD before the original completely fails and you lose everything

  rawprawn 11:47 22 Aug 10

Follow the instructions and link by Fruit Bat /\0/\

  rawprawn 11:48 22 Aug 10

Not easy if the drive is not recognised.

  DieSse 13:12 22 Aug 10

It is possible to get clicking noises, as a drive tries to power on and fails, so tries again, etc, etc - if

The drive has a separate PSU and the PSU has failed, or if it's a 2.5"drive and the USB port is not supplying quite enough "oomph", by perhaps running it through an unpowered hub. Or something similar.

Worth just a check as a last resort.

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