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External Hard Drive Dropped While In Use. Now grinding sound.

Question: External Hard Drive Dropped While In Use. Now grinding sound.

Hey. I need help fixing my external passport hard drive.My hard drive was functioning normally until it was jerked off the table and knocked against something when the laptop was suddenly moved. I noticed a dent on the outside case. Afterwards, the hard drive icon wouldn't appear in My Computer and I get a "device not recognised" message. I have tried plugging it into a desktop computer with no success. I am fairly sure it is a hard ware, not software problem.Upon plug in, the hard drive spins with a sort of grinding/clicking sound whenever I press my ear against it, then stops and falls silent. The light still stays on. I'm guessing that the heads have become jarred. Is their anyway that I can fix it? I don't have warranty on it.

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Preferred Solution: External Hard Drive Dropped While In Use. Now grinding sound.

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Answer: External Hard Drive Dropped While In Use. Now grinding sound.

There is absolutely no way you can fix this drive. It is dead, and the data on it has gone to heaven.

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I have a very similar problem as Gallagwar (That Thread Has Now Expired). I Dropped My External Hard Drive while it will still plugged up, now the USB part connected to the external hard drive is loose and now when I plug it up, the blue light comes on, but it will not show up on any my desktops! Both my desktops have Windows Vista on them. I have tried plugging it up several times in both my pc's and still they will not recognize it? I have Hitachi SimpleDrive 2TB USB 3.5" External Hard Drive and it is still under warranty. I would like to save my files and then see if I can send it out for repair. The most important thing is saving my files!

Can someone help me?

Answer:I Dropped My External Hard Drive!

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I have a external maxtor hard drive and I dropped it from my desk to a thin carpet floor.. I plug it in and it just makes a clicking noise and then after 4 mintues or so.. it stops clicking and no noise comes out.. When i click on my comptuer it is not there The green light is still on the external hard drive though..

I can't believe a little drop to the floor can ruin it? It has a hard casing around it.. what can i do? Can it still be saved? Help!!!

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I purchased 1 tb external WD hard drive 4 months back.

Today, I dropped it accidentally from my table. Now it is not working. Produces clicking noise. Is it dead? The data was not important but I need a functional hard disk.

I have 3 years warranty. The manufacturers are asking to ship the hard drive and then they will mail me the replacement. Is the warranty on my hard drive void?
There are no visible damage signs from outside. Further, clicking of hard drive are now common and occur for many reason apart from physical damage.
Do I have any chance that I would get a replacement?
Please help.

Answer:dropped external hard drive


Please do not hijack the threads of others with your particular question. Please also do not post in multiple manner.

I've moved your above into your own thread and deleted your other identical posts.

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My dogs pulled the cords of my Maxtor external hard drive and pulled it off the table. When I plug it in now in the USB port, the ding goes off saying its plugged in, but nothing shows at all in explorer. I have tried to plug into 2 different computers.

1) Is there anything I can try?
2) If this means my drive is dead, how can I recover the data in the cheapest way possible?

Thanks for your help,


Answer:External Hard Drive dropped

If the drive itself has died, (through heads hitting platters) then data recovery will be by laboratory means only and will cost thousands, if even possible.

The "ding" suggests the USB interface is OK, so have you actually checked the see if the drive is still plugged in OK inside the case, before we jump to conclusions?

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hi, i have an external portable hard drive (250gb) and i recently dropped it, and ever since i cant move anything onto it. i get up to 2gb of files then it just stops and you can hear it clicking away... could i have possibly scratched it maybe? if so, is there any way of fixing this??



Answer:External Hard Drive dropped

Dropping it probably has severely damaged it and is doubtful that it can be repaired. Someone else may be able to come along and give you another opinion but harddrives are fragile. You may be able to run a harddrive diagnostics on it via your system, but I would get anything you have loaded onto it that you can access and transfer it it to another harddrive, flash drive, etc.

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Not long ago, I bought a Seagate FreeAgent 500GB external hard drive. It was working just fine until I accidently knocked it over. When it fell it bumped the leg of a table pretty hard. Immediately after that, I started getting popup balloons on the taskbar saying 'write error' or something similar. Then I tried to doubleclick on the drive in My Computer and it froze up. So then I unplugged and replugged and it said 'USB Device Not Recognized.' Those error messagesn were the last I heard from it. Then I restarted, and after that, the drive would not display in My Computer at all, would not even react to the computer at all. I tried it on two computers. Still, nothing. I noticed a strange sound coming from the hard drive. It's a sort of melodic buzzing with a beeping sound every few seconds. Sometimes it goes completely silent. So what I need to know is:

- What can I do, can I fix it myself?
- If not, how much can I expect to pay to get my data recovered? At the very least, I need a listing of the files that were on the hard drive, just so I know exactly what I'm missing. I might be able to replace them myself if I know exactly everything that's on it.
- Is the hard drive fixable? If not, will the warranty cover replacement?
- Also, I called around a few places and the most reasonable one said it would cost around $100 to fix it. Is this worth it?

Thanks in advance.

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I accidently dropped my external Maxtor hard drive. now windows wont see it when i plug it in my usb port. i still sounds like its working ok it spins make sounds just that when i plug it in it want get recognized. i tried different cpus and usb cords with no luck.

the enclosure powers on.

im going to plug it in to the inside of my tower test it to see if it will read it. before i take the enclosure apart, is there anything else i should try? i hope its just the enclosure that is not working anymore.

Answer:Solved: oh NO!! I dropped my external Hard Drive

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I accidently dropped my iomega 1tb external hard drive and now when i turn it on it says i have to reformat it, does that mean all my files have been deleted, if so is there any way i can retrieve them? please help me!

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Guys i need help,,i accidentally dropped my hard drive its a 1tb buffalo hd-pntu3,,now when i go to disk management in my computer its showing up as disk 1 unknown allocated,,and when i try to initialize disk its greyed out!,,please i need help,, i have a lot of files on this drive,,please help!!

Answer:Accidentally Dropped External Hard Drive

It is probably corrupted, does it have a warranty? This happen to one of mine a couple months ago, it's pretty annoying. You have to keep these things in a safe spot lol.

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Hi all, my title says it all-I think I'm totally screwed. I have Western Digital 500GB Essential edition external hard drive, runnining on Vista. I have access to an old PC that has XP on it if that would make a difference. It has years of my pictures (that haven't been printed or backed up-that's what this was for!) on it. I dropped it this morning, and when I reconnect it says that I must reformat the drive in order for it to work/be recognised. I know if I do this that I'll lose everything. Is there a way to view the folders/files and export them before reformatting? I'm starting to panic, over 10 years of memories via photo will be down the drain if I can't find a way to sort this out, am in a cold sweat and starting to freak
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give,

Answer:Dropped my external hard drive-says I need to reformat it-will I lose all data?

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Hello. Yesterday my hard drive started grinding. When it does it it lasts for a few seconds and then stops and computer goes as normal. What should I do?

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I have an HP xt840. The hard drive grinds most of the time, even when there isn't a program running. Everything takes so long to open, Outlook, IE, Microsoft Word, etc....... I've cleaned, defragged, deleted, added RAM and everything is still so slow, very frustrating. Would replacing the hard drive help? We have a 40g hard drive now. If so, what brand, size, etc?? Can I install it myself? or should we just buy a whole new computer system?? or any other suggestions???

Thanks........ Sharon

Answer:grinding hard drive

Grinding sound from hard drive usually means it's about to fail. Most new drives come with easy to follow instructions on how to install it. You should be able to do it yourself. If you need anything off that drive, or plan on copying that drive to the new drive, I'd hurry up

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Hello,I had my pc seviced about 3 weeks ago and since then the hard drive has a grinding sound.I have had the pc for almost 2 yrs. and it never ground before.

My internet connection keeps droping me.Please help.

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hi - when i loaded my computer up this morning the hard drive started to make a grinding grating noise which stopped once my programes were loaded.everything seems to be back to normal now. this also happened one day last week. is my hard drive on the way out? its a Maxtor 4D040H2 [Hard drive] (40.00 GB) is there anything i can do (apart from scrap it and buy another?)

Answer:grinding hard drive

Are you sure it's the harddrive? I had a similar experience and it turned out to be the system fan. If you are sure it's the harddrive then backup your vital files and get a new one.

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Can someone please rescue me? I'm having an unresolved issue on the below thread & I'm going nuts. I had transferred my grinding-noise issue from this forum, but now I'm thinking it may be a virus. Please help (either on this thread or the below thread):

Answer:Grinding Hard Drive - please help!

Well jellym,

You have been told, by both NiteHawk and motherboard to have HiJack This fix some things in both of these threads below, and not one time have you said you did.

So first be sure to put a check by what is in the quote below and have HiJack This fix them.

Run HighJack This again and make a new log. Then post the new saved log. Please! DO NOT post the old HiJack This log!

In Hijack This, check ALL of the following items. Double check so as to be sure not to miss a single one.
Next, close all browser Windows, and have HT fix all checked.

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title=Access4Less
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default)= Read more

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Hello to all, I have a new Pavilion 15-bc000nv and after 4 days of use it started a scratchy noise from the left side of the laptop. I see that when the led of Hard Drive switches on the sound comes up (it's like something is scratching from the inside) and when it turns off the sound stops, it's not that loud but when I work at night it buzzes my head and I am worried since the laptop it's brand new. Please help me to solve the poblem. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard drive grinding noise

@NIKIKUKO Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! This may simply be the sound that the newer drives make -- given that the laptops are thinner than the old ones and more easily conduct the drive sound.You paid for free HP Tech Support as part of the warranty coverage, so you might as well make use of it.While this PC is still under warranty, you should contact HP Customer Support directly to have them put you in touch with HP Technical Support to see what they can do about troubleshooting and repairing your machine remotely.They should be able to tell you if the sound is "normal" or if it indicates a problem with the drive.If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836Good Luck

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I have been given an MSI VR601 laptop here to check out, as its hard drive was always grinding, its dvd drive was not working (would not read discs-despite the eject button being ok), and it was also taking a long time to boot. On my first look at the system, the psu gave up completely (it got too hot to touch and started smoking, so I had to switch off and replace the plug immediately). The system on my first boot made a beep on startup, asking at first to repair or boot as normal into vista. After 'repairing', the beep is still heard on a boot, but there is no message or warning along with it, and is alot faster to boot. There is also so far no longer any grinding of the hard drive at all, and no constant flickering of the hard drives 'reading/writing' cylinder icon/light on the bottom right of the laptop. Could it all have really been the cause of a really bad power supply? If so I would like to try reinstalling windows completely, but I may still be stuck as the dvd drive wont read any discs. Can a bad power plug really damage the drive? I need some tips on how I can find out if the laptops dvd drive is fixable or what its true state really is-thanks for any help!

Answer:Is a grinding hard-drive always a failing one?

I'm guessing that the PSU had a short somewhere , which was causing the problem of overheating, bad connection/loose wire on plug?.If you have a spare DVD power lead on your computer (is it SATA or IDE ?)try using that, you could also try replacing the data cable, else you may need to get another DVD drive.If that is all the damage that was done , you got off very lightly. Terry

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My brand new T500 Hard Drive makes off and on very faint grinding noise. The grinding happens for 6 times and then goes away for 5-10 seconds and then happens again and so on. Is this normal or is my new hard drive defective, and should I ask Lenovo for a replacement hard drive?  I ran the lenovo hard drive diagnostic tool and it did not find any issues.

Answer:New T500 Grinding Noise from Hard Drive

it would be good to make a recording, but the frequency of the noises suggest your drive head is constantly parking itself... 

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after a power problem, the laptops dvd drive and mains plug broke down, and a grinding sound could then always be heard from the system. after replacing the hard drive in a test, I can now safely say that its not a grinding hard drive at all. the harsh noise seems to be from the systems cpu fan. usually after a few mins of use the noise gets lower (almost disappears), as the temperature of the system increases. I have blown out all of the dust, but the noise remains. whats my other option? would a fan replacement or oiling really solve the issue? I dont have a small enough screwdriver here to remove the fan, and wouldnt be too sure on what to use if an 'oiling' was necessary-no doubt a replacement would be the best bet? surely its not the cpu itself creaking away-lol. thanks for any suggestions if possible. is a grinding/loud fan over a few yrs of use a common problem in laptops? this system is from 2007

Answer:grinding noise from laptop was not a hard drive!

Try taskmanager at start up and see what is using up the CPU.If nothing running system idle process should be showing about 96% that is normal.

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A hard drive on one of our office computers in making unpleasant sounds--kinda sounds like a car in desperate need of a tuneup

To what culprit, generally, would a loud hard drive be attributable? Does it mean it might be overheating? Or getting ready to die? Haven't had any failures on it thus far. It's behaving fine, just loud--sorta sounds like it's hitting small rocks or something as it spins. What can/should I do to diagnose?

Thanks for everyone's help!

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My Lacie 250GB external drive dove off the coffee table and crashed. It proceeded to make a buzzing sound. I also lost comminication with it via my laptop. I figured I'd make use of all tools in the basement from tech days and pull it apart. Internally, it is really a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 drive. After removing the drive from the Lacie case, I opened the HD, plugged power and electronics back in, powered up and saw a lifeless disc array emmiting a buzz. Now what?

Answer:dropped my external drive

Buy a new one.

Odds are you won't fix it.

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I have dropped my external drive and now my pc cannot read the files saved on it.When i try to access the files it cannot read it and asks to format the drive.Does anyone know of a program that i can run to access the files.It is a simple USB connected drive.

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Ouch!If Windoze cannot read it then any program you run will not either I guess.You can but try thoughA free download PCInspector.Download it install it and see what happensIt will ask you to select a source.Then a destinationthen click proceed.It is is intended to detect accidentally deleted files or a fresh reformat.But from what you hint at - if the drive is damaged.Then I guess there is little be be done.

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All of a sudden, my main desktop freezes today while on a webpage, then I can't do anything but power off. When I try to reboot, I get a Disk Boot Error message and the BIOS doesn't recognize the hard disk. To make matters worse, my external backup usb drive won't install on either of my two other systems (just to check it's integrity), as I get a "Device not installed properly" message and it can't be viewed in My Computer.

If I try to reinstall Windows XP, during the install, it doesn't see any hard drive. If I leave my USB external drive attached while trying to install XP on the main internal drive, it does see that external drive and the correct capacity and free space, but can't access it otherwise.

Should I try the freezer trick on the hard drive? If recommended, how long do I leave in the freezer and do I just put it back in the system and try to reboot while it's still cold or do I let it warm back to room temperature first? If that fails, any other suggestions before I head to a store for two new drives?


Answer:Hard drive clicking, making grinding noises

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I have a 6GB internal harddrive on my notebook, and attached a 40GB external harddrive through a USB connection. I store all types of media on my external drive, particularly MP3's and AVI files. Everytime i play music being read off the external drive, while the music is playing, if the external drive reads or writes, which ever it is doing (everytime the activity light blinks) noise is heard. The song would play a little slower and loud scratchy static-like noise is heard. Why does this happen and is it possible to play music from the drive without hearing that other sound when ever other activity is occuring with the drive. Also, this only occurs when playing music, my MP3 files, not my video files.

I know it isn't my files, because I can play the ones on my internal drive just fine without hearing any unusual sounds while playing the music and doing other things that requires the drive to do other activities.

Let me add that if I'm playing music off my internal drive or playing a audio CD, and the external drive reads/writes (the activitity light blinks) I will hear the unusual sounds.

Please respond. Thank you.

Answer:External Hard Drive and Sound Quality

A USB external drive is probably the slowest drive ever created. I am assuming the lack of quality is from the very limited bandwidth that the USB 1.1 offers. Also the bandwidth is shared among all devises on the usb. Are you using a hub with other usb devises? I would try removing the other devises. See if that offers any help.
A USB drive is ok for extra storage, but I would copy the songs that you want to hear back to your original hard drive. GL

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I had my external drive setting up on my tower when I accidentaly knocked it on the floor. I thought that the enclosure kept it safe,but when I tried to boot it up, my pc will not recognise the drive. It can read the USB enclosure,but not the SATA drive. What is the best software to recover the info or at least pull a directory listing from the drive?

Answer:I dropped my external SATA drive

If you are sure you didn't damage a connection...
Get data back

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recently my mum tripped on the power cable to my external drive and pulled it off the table onto a wooden floor with a rug. i wasnt there, and she cant tell me which way it landed.. could be on the end with the plugs on it or the flat side (top or bottom of the drive, not sure as its still in the case).

the drive is either a WD caviar green 1.5tb or a samsung 1.5tb. i have 2 identical enclosures so im currently not sure.

now, to the problem: when i plug it into the computer, it is recognised as normal and as fast as normal. the hard drive spins without any funny noises.. i can view ALL the folders and file lists in windows explorer, and can open some files. however, when i try to copy or access large files such as movies or software installation files, it seems to hang and just doesnt transfer the data.. installing 1 program it tells me it successfully installed but the program has errors, and is definately NOT installed correctly!! when i try to access large files the drive makes quiet clicking and seeking sounds.. the whss click whhs click type thing...

so, i can view all files but the actual data seems to be corrupted somehow.. OR the enclosure is damaged in a way that only affects large data transfers..

its got me stumped and im not sure whether to attempt a data recovery software package or to take it to a data recovery specialist.. the data must be recovered. either way im sure the drive isnt going to last long, and i now have a raid array setup and ready to transfe... Read more

Answer:dropped external drive, strange symptoms!!

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Hi SevenForums Community,
I just accidentally hit the power cord running from my external 1TB Western Digital MyBook Essentials with my foot and the drive crashed over 2 feet to the ground!

Nothing is cracked.. And the drive still has all the files on it and it playing music and movies just fine... but I think i should check it and stuff. The only thing that happened the connectors on the back are off alignment now with the plastic casing so i have to slide over to insert cables. This drive has everything of mine that i own on it and I'm worried about it.

Is there any software i should use to check this drive for errors?

Thanks so much..!

Answer:DROPPED my Western Digital External drive!!

I would just open a command shell and run a chkdsk <drive letter>: on the drive, and let that report any possible errors.

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I accidentally dropped my external hard drive while it was plugged in to my computer. It got disconnected from its USB cable, and when I plugged it back in, it began making a bunch of popping sounds. The computer (a Sony VAIO laptop running Vista) made the sound indicating it recognized something was there, but did not show me the drives on the hard drive. It's done that since then, always accompanied with the popping, clicking sound. Can this be fixed, and how? Will running the backup recovery program help or not? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Strange popping sound coming from my external hard drive.

I think you damaged it beyond repair, sorry, there is no fixing a dropped/damaged hard drive.

Clicking/popping sound is a sure sign of hard drive death.

No recovery software will not help, the hard drive has physical damage.

You can send it to a data recovery house for them to attempt recovery of data with advanced clean room techniques, very very expensive though, $500 and up.

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Question: Dropped Hard drive

I dropped my 1 TB Seagate Freeagent (external power) HD when it was powered on, about 3 feet onto a hard floor.

It started working again as soon as I reconnected, to my relief .. !

I ran SMART tests on the HD (in ubuntu) and the self-tests and SMART attributes report that the disk is perfectly healthy (no attribute is failing)

Does this mean that my HDD is fine or can it go anytime now ? (I've backed up all my data)
What should I expect ?

Answer:Dropped Hard drive

As long as it didn't land in a position that caused
the heads to crash into the platter,you are probably ok.
Probably want to keep an eye on it for a while anyway.

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Question: Dropped hard drive

I dropped my WD external hard drive and when I plug it in it shows up in device manager, but I cannot access any of the files on it. No errors show, I just can't open any thing. Is there any way to get it working properly again?  

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Question: Dropped Hard Drive

Yesterday, I dropped a Western Digital 320GB hard drive that I had purchased. It dropped from about 3 feet, but didn't seem to make the harshest of landings - in fact, part of it landed on an article of clothing. So I put it in my Dell Dimension 8400 and it reads the disk but says its incompatible...It says that it's 298GB and under this it says "No boot device available, strike F1 to retry boot...blah blah" I'm hoping that it might just not be able to boot without an OS..? :confused

Answer:Dropped Hard Drive

thats about right I have a wd 320 internal and when formatted it reports 298g and yes it's not bootable without an os. sounds like its fine

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Well, my freind dropped his hard drive and asked me to try to see what i could do. He dropped it a while back took it to many places and left me as his last resort.I installed the driver and plugged it into my computer. it sounded fairly healthy. I do believe I hear it spinning or atleaset I hear a spin at first then it kinda leaves. My computer is not reading it so, I don't know what to do. I can open it up to the core but don't want to until I have no other choice.The hard drive is a Western Digital wd15ears.

Answer:Dropped my hard drive :/

Repair of a hard drive is abut like the repair of a watch.You need tools. Yo need experience.A hard drive is not designed for simple  repair.Here is a video. I have watched this and I think is fairly accurate. need to have a sense of humor when you watch this. The guy is really clumsy and does every thing wrong.Read the disclaimer at the end.Then watch the second video. Pay attention. 

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Hi, I'm new here.Plz dont flame me, I've did a couple searches on this issue and didnt find anything.Maybe some1 can help me, I was working on an open cpu and my second hardrive that was sitting on a section of the cpu vibrated to a 4" drop. It caused it to malfuntion and now my cpu will not read the drive. What might possibly be the problem? And how can I go about fixing it. Note my hardrive still spins.

Answer:Dropped Hard plz

I don't think this is something that you can fix yourself, maybe take it to the puter fixit shop & tell them the story?

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Question: Dropped Hard Drive

I dropped an external 3.5" hard drive. I can't get it to respond now, I have tried pulling it apart and dropping it into a PC directly to see if the usb interface was the problem. No Luck........Anyway to retrieve my data from it? Or am I out of luck.

Answer:Dropped Hard Drive

I did the same the other week only it was my mates disk, Sadly the disk had to be buried in the garden along with his movie and music collection.

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Question: Dropped Hard Drive

I have a friend who was reinstalling a hard drive on one of his other computers and he dropped it between the transfer. He has data on it and he wants to set this as the boot drive because it has more gigs that his old HDD. He did this and it is bootable, however it stalls the computer at random times (boot, 10mins after full startup. etc.), and sometimes even shutsdown on its own. I believe that it may have scratched the internal disks or something else. I tried running scan disk from normal, safe mode and DOS and it stalled. Any sugestions... I'm at a loss for him.

Answer:Dropped Hard Drive

Yes, well dropping a hard drive is not good but that may not be the entire problem here.

If you take a hard drive with an operating system and put it in another computer with different hardware Windows will not be happy. If you formated the drive and reinstalled Windows then this is not a problem.

To test the drive, you can got to the manufacturer's website and download a diagnostics that when you run will install itself to a floppy disk. Then boot off that disk and run all the tests.

Since its a Maxtor: Downloads/ATA Hard Drives&downloadID=22

Also, does your computer support an 80GB drive? Older systems do not without a BIOS update. When the computer turns on and displays the hardware info does it show the drive capacity as 80GB? You can also enter the BIOS setup and use teh IDE Autodetection to setup the drive and check the capacity.

Lastly you willl want to make sure the drive is jumpered correctly - The primary drive needs to be set to Master using the jumpers on the back and any secondary drive on the SAME IDE cable must be set as SLAVE.

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Question: dropped hard drive

The dropping scenario: whilst playing music straight off my external hard drive i tripped over the wire and it fell from the coffee table to the floor. Quite a small, clean fall. WMP became unhappy as it couldn't find it's songs anymore but the drive still appeared to be plugged in and working. So i removed it safely and restarted everything.Post dropping: Upon restarting the drive appeared fine. I could get into everything and even played a few songs. But then it crashed - crashed the whole pc and needed another restart. I did this a few times and managed to copy over and save a small amount of data this way. After doing this a few times though it started making loud clicking noises about every 20 seconds. Then it was making these loud clicking noises 5 or 6 times whenever i turned it on. After that the drive just makes small clicks that sound normal like the clicks it used to make when first starting up, but it does it over and over indefinitly and the computer will not recognise it at all. If i plug it all in before turning the computer on the computer won't even start up properly and just seems to sit in limbo.It's a new drive so it'll be in warranty so i could at least get a new drive but is there any chance of getting my data back(without paying a data recovery company)? Bearing in mind i probably don't want to invalidate my warranty either.

Answer:dropped hard drive

I think that hoofing over the lead and bashing the drive on the floor may have already invalidated your 'warranty'.G

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Question: hard drive dropped

Yesterday i was cleaning dust out of my computer. when i went to turn it sideways, the hard drive fell out and hit the concrete. when i went to turn it back on, it would only go as far as the initial windows xp loadup screen and then restart. upon restart, it said that windows did not shut down properly and to choose an option to start normally, last known config, safe mode, and safe mode with networking. i choose start normally, and the cycle repeats itself. Is my hard drive gone? and if so how can i recover data from it.?

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Here are some errors I have been getting recently:

First comes, randomly, out of seemingly nowhere:
"Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

Soon after my toolbar flashes between the blue WinXP standard and the grey Win2000 standard a couple of times, sometimes ending up looking... real strange.

When I go to play a song on WMP11:
"Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly."

Similar errors ensue all over the place.
When I try to open Volume Control:
"There are no active mixer devices available. To install..."

Ironically making the "message" noise XP makes. In other words, my sound card is most definitely there, and it is most definitely working. If YouTube or some other music or noise-playing program or website was open when this happens, I can still hear sound. But for some odd reason the computer thinks it's not there anymore.

Also, my computer has been very sluggish lately - moreso than usual. I have been installing several large (at least 100 MB, usually more like 400 or more) programs lately, and I've been burning lots of data CDs lately, too.

And I recently wrestled with a scareware called "AntiVirus Scan".

I think these m... Read more

Answer:External hard drive, sound mixer errors, Generic Host error, viruses... related?

Unplug the USB drive and see if the computer responds better. If you go to Control Panel/Sound and Audio Devices/Audio/Sound Playback. Is the sound card listed or greyed out? Is it the same Audio Device that is listed in the Device Manager? Are there yellow marks in the Device Manager? If not, take the drop down arrow and choose the right sound card. You may have some corrupted Windows Files. Go to Start/Run and type SFC /Scannow and put in your XP CD. It will copy any missing files from the CD. As for your external, take it apart and make sure that everything is plugged in correctly and isn't grounding out on the case (try connecting the drive without putting it back in the case.

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Hey guys lol I just bought 2 HD's for my 2bay enclosure.. as i was walkin out of the store i opened the door for some guys that were carrying a huge load, anyway i was still in his way and the hard drives i was carrying on top of my enclosures fell on cement....
i haven't tried to see if they are still working...but even if they did work should i go replace them? im afraid of long term affects? i tried googling this but no straight answer...
i know dropping a HD can corrupt data but since they're brand new..they have nothing on it..
any suggestions? i bought it from ncix i could just tell them they weren't working right and they'll replace it...?

hope you guys can shed some light
i'm kind of worried



Answer:Dropped hard drive should I replace it?

They should be fine, the heads aren't above the platters like they are if you drop/bump it while its running. If they were in the box when they fell then I'm sure you will be fine, they are packaged to take a beating during shipping.

Even if they aren't you could either return them to the store, or RMA them.

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hey guys, I've had a 2 terrabyte hard drive since november 2011, and the other day it was hooked up to my laptop when I pulled it away.
it fell 2 feet and 2 inches onto my desk, when I plugged it in, it needed formatting so I unplugged it an tried again and it worked for about 3 minutes before it stopped working all together.
now the hard drives light flashes like always but it doesn't appear on my laptop, any suggestions?

thanks in advance

Answer:Dropped Hard drive, won't work

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External hard drive was accidentally dropped and unsafely unplugged by accident. Computer now states the device is working properly but it is not listed under device manager or in "my computer". I run Windows xp pro on a desk top dell.

Answer:portable hard drive dropped

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Hello,I just finished reformatting my computer and as I was installing my programs from my backup external HD, I tripped on the power cord of the HD and it fell 2 feet onto the floor. . It was placed on top of a vertical desktop case that is sitting on the floor so that's about 2 feet. But after I restarted the HD, it started clicking!Does that mean it is dead? And if so, how can I recover my data without the expensive data recovery?If you can help me out, it'll be appreciate it.It kinda sucks when a 12 page report is on the back up HD and now it's gone... =\... Sigh.. all that goo ideas into a great essay. Again, if anyone can help me out, that'll be very awesome of you.Thanks.-Kevin

Answer:HELP! Dropped Hard Drive and Data Recovery

So can you access the data on the external?If you can you should transfer your data asap.If you do get it going again, DONT turn it off until you have backed up everything you want to save.

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Hi guys,Earlier, I accidentally dropped my Western Digital MyBook external hard drive, not from a great height, but enough to what seems to of damaged it.I plugged it into the laptop and normally it will index and load up in My Computer, but now it seems to load up and just sit in it's idle state and do nothing :( Not looking good!I'm looking into data recovery at the moment to try and get back all my work. Anyone else had this problem? Any help in getting the drive functioning would be greatly appreciated.Cheers,A.

Answer:Dropped WD MyBook hard drive - now won't work!

Hi, don't know whether this will help, but worth a here

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I unfortunately dropped my dell inspiron n5010 laptop yesterday ( on carpet) and when I booted it lead me to windows recovery stating 0xc000009ce , either external usb problem or cd/dvd/ hard drive failure etc. I was able to go on safe mode but I wasn't able to retrive my files and my laptop was runnign really slow. After that, I restarted many times and finally I was able to boot normally, but again, it would take 10-15 minutes and it would lag all the time. I was able to transfer my files to an external flash drive( most of them) but I lost patience because it would lag etc. And after 50 min or so , it would shut off without notice.No files were missing and everything seems ok expect for the speed part. I also did a check disk upon reboot and it said it found no bad sectors , so I am puzzled why the result is lik that. I n my case, what is the best solution? buy another hdd , reinstall hdd, or reinstall windows 7? Also , I still have som videos that I wasn't able to transfer so what is the best way to retrieve them?

Also, the RAM at the back when I unscrewed the cover the first time to see if it was just a loose memory problem were popped out, so I put them back in again by slightly pushing them down until the metal things on the side clicked them into place. Now, when I tried to take the RAM again by pushing those metal things on the side apart the RAM didn't pop out,? I had to slide them out carefully? is that normal , thank you.

oh and I am running windows 7

Answer:dropped laptop damaged hard drive HELP

Hi bstvrhd,

The unit most likely at fault is the HDD. What I would recommend you to do is install Windows on an external Harddrive OR run an Ubuntu Live CD on an USB drive, and see if the problem persists. If all the above options run well, it's most likely the HDD. Thats where I would start atleast :)

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My sister dropped my laptop and I am worried I may have a faulty hard drive.

Is there any good tool out there which can thoroughly check my Hard Drive for ANY error at all?


Answer:Dropped my Laptop may have faulty Hard Drive

Use something like SeaTools to check condition of HDD, link to download here

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hello.I have got a X-PRO external hard drive enclosure with a Western Digital WD1600JS 160GB hard drive.Recently I knocked it off the table and it fell about 0.8m, whilst still plugged in. The hard drive actually disconnected from the internal connector in the enclosure upon impact. I wasn't reading on writing to the hard drive at the time but now it won't spin up. The sound that it makes when turned on can be located here:click hereI have put the hdd in another computer and it made the same noises so I know it is a hard drive fault. Could freezing it help? What is the problem do you think?Thanks for reading!

Answer:Dropped Western Digital hard drive - help needed!

think it's caput

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Damn! I dropped my hard drive
Only 2ft
I was running acronis and backing up my hard drive
The program stalled and wouldn't do anything else saying it couldn't access the disc

I restarted and am running again. All seems ok
But, I wanted to know are there any programs I can run to do a health check?

The hard drive is a 2.5 Seagate in an enclosure


Answer:Ooops I dropped my hard drive - how do I check for errors?

NOT the pro........... the 2nd d/l

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My s230u fell. From what I can tell, the notebook is okay, but the disk is shot. If I try to boot, it fails. Tried to repair bad sectors from for BIOS. The check found bad sectors, but was unable to repair. I took the drive out and connected to a different pc via a USB adapter and was able to recover some files. For some of them the drive would make a clicking sound and fail.I think I need a new HDd, which I can buy. How can I reinstall windows now? There was no media that came with the notebook.

Answer:Dropped s230u, hard drive damaged. Recovery?

Hi, i have a similar issue, can someone please advise how to do it? Thank

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For some reason, after upgrading my Windows XP computer to Windows 7, my C: hard drive maximum capacity has reduced 50%. I do not know what has happened because a computer professional had done it for me. I need more space on this computer badly.

Answer:Hard drive capacity dropped after Windows reinstallation

hi, check C:\ for a windows.old folder,if it is there delete it if there is nothing in it that you need from xp
How do I remove the Windows.old folder?

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Hi Everyone. So, here's what happened, I dropped my laptop running Windows Vista on a Thinkpad R500 That is about 3 years old, while it was streaming audio from the net nonetheless

I had to reseat it, but since then it won't boot - it goes into "startup repair" saying its fixing errors and hangs there indefinitely (for days at a time).
What I've tried:

-I was able to use the system rescue cd to mount my drive and copy the needed data to an external drive, although I know it encountered some errors.
-I've run lenovo's hd diagnostics and it says there are errors in the drive, but I just need a way to fix it.
-I do not have a vista dvd so I cannot run chkdsk.
-I downloaded a Vista startup repair disk image but when I boot from that cd and choose repair your computer it never gives me the option to go to command line or system restore, it goes straight to startup repair and its does not recognize the drive. MS website says this is because lenovo has its own restoration libraries, which DO NOT contain anything to fix a hard drive. I am apparently supposed to order a dvd from support if I need one.
So, I'm looking for a reliable Hard drive repair tool, essentially a free equivalent of chkdsk that I can run through my cd drive to try to find and fix the errors. Or, if there is a chkdsk redistributable out there, even better.
Linux based is fine, I think fixing the physical errors might be worth it.

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Answer:Dropped my hard drive - Startup Repair Hangs- no vista DVD

Chkdsk cannot fix a dropped drive. Or partitions. It only fixes the file system. You better just buy a new one. That one is about to quit completely in all likelihood.

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I recently got a low disk space message from windows vista. I had only a couple of gigabytes of free space (out of 256). I tracked the problem to the following directory (e.g.) Users\"me"\AppData\Virtual Store\ProgramData\PCTools\PCTools Antivirus\Temp.
I uninstalled PC Tools but this directory and others were not removed. I tried RevoUninstaller but it thinks PC Tools Antivirus is gone.
Attempts to delete these files have choked my processor, recycle bin, and led to minimal progress.
I would appreciate help from anyone who understands this issue.
Currently, I'm trying to use "Eraser" to remove the largest directory. I'm up to 3% in the last 1/2 hour.
Thanks. irt:

Answer:PC Tools Antivirus Free Dropped over 1 million files on my hard drive

The reason why the uninstall didn't remove all files is because some files may have been running at the time of uninstall this is why they have not been removed but after going through the uninstaller then you should be able to delete the PCTAV folder after a reboot.

If you are unable to delete the PCTAV folder, you may need to go in safe mode to delete the folder.
Or try unlocker:

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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Does anyone know of software that will clone one external hard drive to another hard drive. I have tried by attaching both external hardrives  to a computer but Acronis will only find the destination drive and not the source drive. any ideas would be great Ojas

Answer:Any software that will clone one external hard drive to another external hard

What kind of data is on the HDD ? ?Are you saying that Aceonis does not rcognise both externals ? ?If not you can hool up only the HDD you want cloned and have Acronis create and save the image to your internal for now...then power down...unhook that external...and hook up the blank external...power up and clone away.NOTE: I highly suggest verifying the image before cloning...takes a bit longer buy well worth it.It's under the Tools section in Acronis.

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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Question: Grinding Sound

Hello, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 Laptop. When I work on the laptop, it suddenly start producing a grinding sound. It is coming form the Top-Left corner of the laptop. It is not coming all the time. It is not coming immediately when I turn it on. But if I use it for like 30 minutes, it will start producing the sound. It will produce this sound for the next 15 to 30 minutes and then gradually stop after that. This happens every day. Is it a heatsink+fan issue? How can I fix this ? Thanks. 

Answer:Grinding Sound

It sounds like your fan is failing. My fan has failed on my old Thinkpad x61 tablet. You can get the instructions here look at page 88, the steps are there. PM me if you need any help. If you replace your fan remember to get new thermal grease.

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Hi friends,

Last week when I turned on the computer, there was a grinding sound from inside the CPU. Suddenly I turned off
and opened it.I thought it was coz of dust.So cleaned and again turned on,then it worked fine.Yesterday morning when I turned it on,again it made that grinding sound.I don't know whats wrong with my CPU. The hard disk,motherboard,SMPS all are new .Is there any problem with my CPU fan or HD?Today morning also I got the same problem.I turned off and removed the side panel.Then again turned on and now its working fine.I think the sound is probably from the fan.But the SMPS is new one.So I'm confused that is it power supply fan or CPU fan or will it be the HDD. Plz help me...!!

Answer:Grinding Sound From CPU

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Question: Grinding sound

When Windows is closing down I think the hard drive is making a grinding twice before it closes down. It's not a beep but a grinding. On two seperate occassions it has done this.

Running: Windows XP, AMD gigabyte motherboard 1.8, 768 RAM, x800 ATI radeaon card.

What could be causing this?

Answer:Grinding sound


First of all, let me say you need to back up this drive immediately unless you want to risk the chance of losing all your data. This drive might be ready to bite the dust, so get that done.

I would go to the drive manufacturer's website and download the drive utility and run it on this drive to see what might be the problem. You need to get tha done quickly while the drive is still operational.

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Hello, My lenovo P50 is about a year old and has started making this weird grinding noise. I suspect dusts in the fan and the easier option would be to hand it over for lenovo to look at but Im in Abuja, Nigeria. Doubt there are any Lenovo certified centers here. The sound started about 3 days ago and it gets really loud.Does the sound affect performance? I do alot of intensive 3D rendering and compositiing in After Effects, performances seems to have dropped whenever I try rendering. So all I've stopped doing any CPU intensive work to prevent probable damage. I have the 4k |i7 6820HQ | 16gb ram | 256 SSD| 2TB HDD. Thanks   

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hello i just build a i7 cpu this past weekend and i noticed the past 2 days everytime i have the computer on for 3 hours or so i get a grinding sound. can someone please help idk what this is

Answer:grinding sound please help

You'll have to take the cover off your case when you hear it and see for yourself. It could be any of the fans doing it.

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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Looking to buy an external hard drive for backup. This will be used only to backup data periodically. This is certainly a good price ($140):

I've never heard of it. Anyone have any experience with that brand?

Answer:Opinions on BeyondMicro External Hard Drive?-or recommendations on External Case?

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

Answer:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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Here's a question ..... !The last couple weeks when starting up my computer and for the first 30 seconds or so until the welcome screen appears, I can hear a grinding sound coming from my computer. Everything appears fully functional when this sound stops and no manner of tapping or tilting the computer case makes any difference to the sound.My question(s) is therefore what actually moves in the computer when you initialy switch it on and should I be worried?The comouter is only 2 years old (E-machine - XP).Thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Grinding sound on start-up !

Take the side off the case and listen carefully. It`s either a fan sticking until the bearing gets lubricated or it`s the hard disc. The former is easily solved the latter needs urgent, and I mean urgent attention.

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I have a Dell DImension Desktop (not a big Dell fan, but it was free, it's my only PC). Anyway, lately at startup I've been hearing a terrible grinding noise from insode the computer, it usually quiets down a bit later after startup, but a grinding/buzzing noise is always there to some degree.

I immediatly figured it was a HD problem, that the HD was grinding. I went to staples and picked up a new 80GB maxtor HD and installed it (removed the old one entirely). I re-installed windows at that point but the grinding noise IS STILL THERE! The noise is basically identical so I am starting to think that it was neve a HD issue, if it wasn't what else could possibly be grinding like that!? Maybe a fan somewhere? I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I obviously have no clue what's going on, please help me!


PS_ if it helps im running off of a GeForce FX 5200 256 MB Vid Card (ya, I know it's not the greatest), I havea GIG of staple's RAM and that's a bout all I think you'll need, plz help me out here!

Answer:GRINDING/BUZZING it the HD or..?(HLP!)

A fan is the only other moving part unless its a floppy or cd in the drives

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I've only had my laptop for 3 months, and I've had the grinding sound for maybe a month now. It's mostly when I turn it on. But it also resumes grinding at a constant pace every few seconds, it grinds for a part of a second, even as I type this. It's a very low sound, though, unlike when it starts, it's a bit louder.

I've also been having slowdown issues, as I'm sure that's relevant.

It's an HP Pavilion zt3340ea
512 RAM
Centrino 1.6
60 GB

Answer:New laptop grinding sound

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I would like to know that If i got an external monitor with usb ports on it and then connect my Macbook Pro 2015 to it via an HDMI cable, can i connect an external hard-drive onto the external display to transfer files to my macbook?

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I am looking to purchase an external hdd & dvd writer for my laptop, I have looked at ones made by freecom-does anyone know if they are any good and the best place to buy them ?Thanks

Answer:External Hard disc Drive & External DVD writer

click here?d

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Am thinking of adding one of these to get more space. I read/heard somewhere that the software that comes with it allows you to back-up files on this drive automatically from the computer C Drive. Can anyone confirm this please as this could be the 'buy it' information I need for the final decision.Thanks in anticipation

Answer:Archos external Qdisk External Hard Drive

It doesn't mention anything about this on the Archos website click here

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Here's how the problem started..
My 17" crt display went kaput, and the monitor started emitting smoke. I closed the power immediately and that was it.
Forward 2 days later...
called in LG service and the guy fixed my monitor! bingo.
But now when I start my computer, it makes a REAL LOUD noise and everything vibrates wildly. the noise and the vibration 'stay' for 2-3 minutes before stopping.
Now I have searched a bit and come across several probable causes - and eliminated quite a few , like hard-disk, dvd-drive , wires touching fan..

What I really want to know is that could there be any relation between my monitor going dead an smoking, and the cpu vibration?

The system is functioning just fine right now and a soft reboot does not cause any sound or vibration. Also the problem does not happen everytime..

Specs -
17 inch crt LG
amd x2 4000
asus m2a-mx
1gb ram
no pci cards , pci-e cards..

Answer:Cpu making grinding sound and vibrating

Hmm, the only moving parts on a computer are the fans and the hard disk itself. This might sound crazy but have tried to to remove the side panels and listen/see what is vibrating?

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !

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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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Windows 7 desk top computer stopped during use. It would not restart when button pressed. External power supply ok. Possible internal Power Supply Unit failure. Can the pc hard drive data be backed up to an external USB hard drive enclosure before testing to find the fault in these circumstances?

Answer:Hard drive backup to external USB hard drive enclosure

Yes, most HDD is use on laptop and desktops units are pretty standard. The desktops use 3.5 inch internal drives and the laptops are mostlt 2.5 inch. The Sata interface is almost universal. Suitable enclosures are sold by major vendors. Be aware that the very lost cost kits are not real enclosure, just the power and interface components. Not recommended. To easy make a mistake.You will need a working PC or laptop to read the data. And enough free drive space to store your data files. Recovering program files is not piratical, unless the programs were  portable programs. Which is not likely.This video is basic and helpful. (Ignore the lead in advertisement.) you will see in then video, you can buy an enclosure for  any starred hard drive. So just pick out a good enclosure and you can get you data back!EDIT: On of the best tutorials I have seen lately.  He makes it plain and simple and very useful information.  Geek-9pm recommends you watch. That guy is even better that me.

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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