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External Sata Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kula, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Kula

    Kula Thread Starter

    May 6, 2000
    I have an external Sata drive, which stopped working some time ago. The drive used to power up, click a couple of times, then went silent. It's been put aside for a while now, but now I'm a bit more knowledgeable, I thought I'd look at it. At first I hoped it could be the caddy that was the fault, so I removed the drive from the caddy, and using a sata connector in my pc, connected the drive. I turned on my pc, and the drive started up, then made the clicking noise and stopped. There are some photos on it I would like, but nothing worth paying expensive data recovery. I have heard various stories, about putting the drive in the freezer over night, something I have not tried. I have also see videos of people repairing laptop drives, but not SATA drives. As I said, it starts up, clicks a couple of times, then stops. Is there a chance this could be fixed? And is it something I could try myself?
  2. texasbullet


    Jun 11, 2014
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    There is nothing you can try to fix it. Do not attempt to freeze it because it will be worse. If your data is important the only solution will be to send it to a data recovery site which the least expensive is $300.00 dollars.
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  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    A "click click" sound is a symptom of a failing hard disk drive(HDD), so I'm guessing that's what happened to yours.

    I've never tried the freezing method, so I can't comment on that.

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2019
  4. cornemuse


    Apr 26, 2016
    attempt to freeze it because it will be worse
    Dont see how freezing could make things worse, , , ,

    nothing worth paying expensive data recovery
    Whattya got to lose? Freeze it, who knows?

    Like flavallee said, clicking usually indicates a dieing or dead drive, , ,

    edit: try with another computer first, , , ,
  5. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    I ignored all the sites that said it was a terrible idea. Coincidentally these are all expensive data recovery sites. :)

    I looked for posts of people that actually did this. Seems like the time is 1 hour.


  6. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    You could try this guys ideas, as a last resort though :-

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