PC hard drive failed - Mike Watson

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Mike Watson

Jun 14, 2021, 6:30:06 AM6/14/21
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My desktop Seagate Barracuda HDD has failed.
It is making a rhythmic clicking sound on startup and will not boot up.
I believe it to be beyond repair but long shot - anyone got any ideas or hands on expertise such that they can help?


Hello from the past I'm still around and active busying myself and being kept busy by my family and a new Cocker Spaniel pup (Danny Boy) a cross between Ritchie Sunak and Jack Sparrow depending on when he was last clipped.

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Mike Watson

Alistair MacDonald

Jun 14, 2021, 6:59:53 AM6/14/21
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Hi Mike,

Good to hear you are good.

It does sound like the drive is dead. The clicking is the heads trying
and failing to find a track. The causes can be many, but when it
happens the drive is either nearly dead or already dead. The only
simple solution I can offer is to give Spinrite a try (
https://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm ) if someone has a copy to lend. Even
if it does stop the clicking and the drive is accessible it will have
little time remaining, so backup up anything important and then
replace the drive is my advice.

That said I have not had much to do with HDDs in the past few years so
other more modern options may be available. I know the (free to
Seagate users) Seatools has been improved over time but when I used it
it was only really useful for running the drive's internal test
functions. It feels strange but spinning platter drives are a thing of
the past (other than for high capacity and slow storage) and other
than one old machine and the PVR they have just slowly disappeared
from my life.

All the best,

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