Before we answer that, just a reminder - if a hard drive
makes any unusual sounds, turn it off immediately. Failure
to do so could cause irreparable media damage, making the
drive completely unrecoverable.
Indeed, each kind of sound may indicate a different kind of
failure. For example, a drive that makes a repetitive
clicking sound may indicate that there is media damage. This
typically happens when a drive is powered on and it performs
a self-test; reading areas of the platter that contain
information such as the drive's model number, capacity,
number of sectors, etc. If this area is damaged, the drive
will attempt to re-read it which causes the repetitive
To hear some real world examples of failing hard drive
sounds visit Drive
Savers' website here.
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Of course, ideally you want to protect your data BEFORE
anything happens! We want to help you create a data backup
plan that is effective, reliable, and economical. One
option that is very popular with our clients who have
smaller data backup needs is
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To discuss your backup needs and get a customized
recommendation, give us a call or
If you think you've lost data, call Raymond Rent-A-Nerd
first! The first recovery attempt is very important.
Multiple attempts can overwrite the data.