Harddrive won't boot, makes clicking noise
Posted on 2006-07-09
My old 40GB harddrive recently started making strange noises, and won't boot up anymore. I'm positive this is a physical problem with the harddrive. When I power on my computer, it makes a continous "click click click" noise, similar to the single "click" it makes when it first powers on but the noise keeps going like it's trying to do something but failing. My bios does not detect the drive anymore ... and when I unplug everything but the power cable going into the drive I still hear the "click click click" sound, which doesn't stop. I'm afraid the harddrive is pretty much toast, which is fine but I'd like to access a few files on there that didn't make the last backup :-(
I'm not too worried about wrecking the drive, what I'd like to do is get it in a state where I can simply access the files even just for 30 minutes and then I can toss it in the trash. Does this sound feasible, and if so does anyone have suggestions based on the symptoms I'm describribing? Maybe I can just crack it open and do something quick and dirty as a bandage solution? Failing that... does anyone have any experience with inexpensive hardrive repairs, when the problem is physical? I don't need data recovery, I'm hoping the actual harddrive can be made to work however briefly. I doubt a place like Future Shop or your local computer store deals with this type of problem.
Thanks in advance...