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Help! HD bearing has failed, drive doesn't spin.

By MeatHead
Mar 17, 2005
  1. IBM Deskstar 46.1GB

    The drive powers up but only makes a clicking noise.
    the normal whine of the drive is not present.
    Bios does not see drive anymore.

    HGST tech says the clicking is definitely a failed bearing.
    Says it's "unrecoverable".

    Can the platters be safely removed and put in another drive?

    any help is appreciated

  2. HoopaJoop

    HoopaJoop TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Um. Not really. A spec of dust on the platter can interrupt the read/write head's operation. There are companies that can get your information off of damaged harddisks, but it's costly.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    It does sound like your hdd has died, but don`t give up hope just yet.

    Go HERE and read this guide.

    Please note this is a one off possible solution to try and get the hdd to work just long enough to get your data off.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  4. MeatHead

    MeatHead TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Howard
    I'll give it a read and try it out!~

    thanks Hoop

    I appreciate the Help
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