External Hard Drive is clicking?

By gregblade
Mar 23, 2009
  1. Hi guys,

    I purchased a MyBook Pro Edition (250GB) a while back and its been working well. However this weekend, its started clicking when I boot my laptop.

    It runs fine once the laptop has booted, but Im concerned that sometime soon it will be worse than clicking and then I'll lose all my mp3s, pictures and videos etc.

    Any advice? I've read of similar problems on here, but with error messages and and recognition problems. But never when its still working ok.

    Thanks in advance

  2. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X TS Rookie Posts: 76

    HDD Clicking is never a good sign.

    You may want to run Western Digital's diagnostic software, it can be found here:


    Of course, if you have any questions running it, or interpreting its results, just let us all know here.

    EDIT: Before doing anything though, I highly recommend backing up your important files.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Its dead dude. Get anything you want off of it immediately.

    Sometimes clicking hard drives will carry on and still work for months, but they are just as likely to never work again after the next click. Back up anything important while you still can, then check and see if you still have any warranty coverage.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    clicking drives are a hallmark sign of a failing drive. move files offline now. replace the drive.
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