Hard Drive Crash (Clicking Hard Drive)
If the noise is in a repeatable pattern this normally indicates an internal mechanical head failure.
If you drive spins up, makes a few clicking noises and shuts down it most likely had a head crash.
Newer Western Digital drives make 3 sets of 3 clicks and shut down if they have a head crash.
On the drive above notice the top head has lifted off the disk surface
If your drive makes a high pitch “chirp” or “buzz” noise and clicks
Chirping or buzzing means the disk is being scratched. Power down your drive immediately if you want any chance of us recovering your data.
The owner of the drive above thought that if he let it click for long enough, the clicking would go away.
The only thing that went away was our chances of recovering any of his data.
The probability that anybody on this earth can recover the files from the drive above is 0%.
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