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Windows 7: External hard drive making clicking sounds

23 Apr 2015   #1
Anthony07

windows 7 pro 64bit sp1
 
 
External hard drive making clicking sounds

I have a friends external hard drive that was not registering in computer or bios i have tried replacing the pcb on it after doing more research i found out that the ic chip on the pcbs needed swapped while doing so the main ic i needed broke any other advice any little may help


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23 Apr 2015   #2
Anthony07

windows 7 pro 64bit sp1
 
 

I only need to try to recover the data off of the drive no need for a permanent fix if anyone can help i would appreciate it
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23 Apr 2015   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Are you talking about the pc board in the enclosure or the drive itself? What make and model of "external drive"?
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24 Apr 2015   #4
Anthony07

windows 7 pro 64bit sp1
 
 

It is a seagate go flex but i am talking about the pcb board on the actual hard drive that is in the enclosure (the one directly attached to physical hard drive)
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24 Apr 2015   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I think the drive is toast. Even if you bought another drive and swapped the board to recover the data, I don't think it would work. I believe the factory encodes the platters with drive and speed info unique to each drive. You could try if the data was that important.
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24 Apr 2015   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

How important is the data? There are a few $80-$100 data recovery programs that might copy what can be recovered onto another external HD or USB stick. Time and material are not on your side -- you might have one good shot at recovery.
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30 Apr 2015   #7
Anthony07

windows 7 pro 64bit sp1
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions guys but i figure the drive is toast to i found out without that unique ic chip i can not recover any data the ic chip come to find out is encoded to the specific drive it is sold with due to firmware so nomater what you do other then send the drive back to the company which they might be able to reencode another board which is not worth the money so without the ic chip the drive will not even spin up but thanks so much for the quick replies sorry i did not get back sooner was away thanks again
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