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Recovery of clicking HDD?

By k1bell ·
i have a 20G HDD in my laptop that is currently creating clicking noises. Will I be able to recover any data from the HDD by myself? Or will I need to get some company to do it for me?

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by TheChas In reply to Recovery of clicking HDD?

It depends on how bad the drive is and how valuable the data is to you.

If the data is valuable and irreplaceable, you might want to start with one of the services.
The less you do to the drive yourself, the easier (and less costly) it is to recover the data.

If the data is not worth several 100 dollars, take a look at this TR download:


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The download is titled "Member tips for reviving a failed hard drive"


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by RCOM In reply to Recovery of clicking HDD?

Chas is right don't use the drive if you want to send it out for data recovery. The service is usually at least $1000.00 or more.

A bit of advice, if you do decide to use one of these services only choose one that will NOT charge if no data can be recovered.

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by JesusS In reply to Recovery of clicking HDD?

If you can still boot up on that HDD. You might want to create backups of all your data immediately because the drive will fail soon.

If the drive already failed, then it's up to you. If you really need the data, then going to a professional data recovery company is your only choice. Hiring a data recovery company can be somewhat expensive, but they usually guarantee results.

Whichever the case may be, you will need to buy another hard drive anyway.

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by wlbowers In reply to Recovery of clicking HDD?

If your data has to be recovered. Before you go radical on trying to do it your self. Believe me some of the suggestions you will get are, well never mind.

Every time you try to access that drive you could be doing more damage.

A google search will give you a multitude of options.

Iomega is doing drive recovery now.

Good Luck Lee

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by wlbowers In reply to

Iomega will give you a free quote.


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