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Original post by: Dan ,

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Sadly HDD’s are sensitive to bangs and drops. Did you by chance bump it while it was plugged in? The best way to think this is like an old phonograph disk player (if you ever even seen one). Dancing or jumping will often cause the disk to skip! If you drag the arm across not lifting it you can damage both the needle as well as the disk. My sister did that to my favorite disk just for spite years ago ;-{

Sadly HDD’s are very similar the heads can get damaged as well as the disk platers them selves. In addition they have a motor which needs to spin up during that process the head assembly is released from its locked position. The clicking sound you are hearing is the head lock trying to release. Sometimes they stick, as a very last resort a flat bang straight down from a few inches might be enough to free it. Again this is the very last thing to try if you can’t get the drive to respond.

In any case I would copy off my stuff ASAP! As you may only get a few more attempts to get to your stuff! WD did offer a lifetime warranty see if you can get a replacement from them.

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