Clicking Hard Drive

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by BiPolar, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. BiPolar macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Hi all! I've got a maxtor 20gb hard drive that just recently started clicking in a repeated rhythmic pattern upon boot. I assume that this is a physical problem with the drive (heads not lining up or something), but want to know what I can use to test this theory. Even if I boot with my other hard disk and the maxtor slaved, it still won't boot up.

    Any ideas? Or have I lost all of my data?
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    Re: Clicking Hard Drive

    what does that mean? do you mean it won't mount?
  3. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    I bought a new Maxtor drive a while back and it had the exact same problem. The technician said that a ball bearing must have not been sitting properly. If you do get the drive to mount, immediately copy all important data off the drive! This is otherwise known as "the click of death." Good luck, and I hope you don't have anything too vital on there!
  4. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    back up your data as fast as you can, you can get a drive replicator at frys i think

    200-300 dollars it does an exact copy of your hard drive, it might be able to save your data

    but like the previous poster said this is the click of death.
  5. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    There is one remotely possibly temporary solution, if you cannot mount the drive. DiskWarrior has on occasion been able to get those drives to stop clicking for a while and to operate normally. It will pick up again, so I would copy all the data off and get a new drive, but it might let you at least save the data.

  6. BiPolar thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Thanks. When I boot up with my other hard drive, the clicking one won't mount. However, if I try to boot up with the clicking drive or the clicking drive slaved to the good one, then the ocmputer won't even start. It'll just start the click of death. I"ll try the diskwarrior thing and keep y'all updated.
  7. BiPolar thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2003
    And it looks like DIskWarrior and SmartVUE only work if the drive is able to boot, which it isn't.
  8. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    lol, I've have a drive that's been clicking since 2000. It's back for the days when I built PCs containing 4 hdds with a 250w PSU. Anyhoo, it could fail or it could, mine is suggesting failure as my w2k box is only booting up when it wants to. But is was a nice long run of 4 years :p Thinking of buying a Sawtooth to replace it, which is in fact older than the computer I'm replacing.

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