Hard drive dying (most likely)...how do I kill it completely?

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vlatko

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My WD Caviar WD2500JS has started making weird noises. When I power-up the PC, the drive starts making high-pitched clicks and ticks, at one point when Windows booted, the drive wasn't visible in Explorer. However, now it's still working normaly. It makes those ticks and clicks while powering on but continues to work. It's about 2.5 years old and I'm pretty sure it's dying..

Now, I have about 5 months left on my warranty, how can I speed up the dying process? What's the most intensive operation for a drive? Writing, reading?

I'm asking because the place where I bought it from is not too customer friendly and I could have a lot of hassle with them for my warranty, if the drive isn't completely dead.
 

leroys1000

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If it is the manufacturer warranty,go to the WD website and
fill out an RMA request.
When you get the RMA,send it in with the drive and they will probably
send a replacement.
All that clicking and periodic malfuctioning is reason enough.
You will need the information on the drive label.
 

vlatko

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It's not a manufacturer warranty, I have the store's warranty.

I'm from Croatia and things work a little (more complicated) different here, than they do in the US. My best bet is to bring them a drive that's dead.

Is there any way to push it so it dies faster?
 
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thermite will render the drive useless in a cool manner.

Of course if you're looking to get a warranty replacement the best bet is to run a continuous cycle of writes with the drive wrapped in a thermal blanket.

Or you could short out the +5v with the data pins, that should short out the read/write head.
 
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