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Is my hard drive dead?

By ryan29121
Apr 15, 2010
  1. I have two hard drives. One is my windows / program drive, where as the other is my bulk storage. Today my storage drive disappeared from my computer, did not show up in device manager. I opened the computer case up and swapped out cables to see if that fixed the problem and it didn't. I listened closely to the drive while running and I can hear is spin up fast, then it clicks, then it slows down, and repeats. Is this drive dead? If so, is there any way I can retrieve information off of it? I have had this drive for about a year and a half now. I am running windows 7. Any advice? Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Chances are it's dying or dead already. A slow clicking noise is not a good sign. If you go into the BIOS does it recognize the drive? If the system doesn't see it at all there's not much you can do other than trying a recovery program but that won't be of any help if the drive can't be accessed.
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