Repair information on hard drives or hard disks. Hard drives are magnetic data storage devices. They are used in most desktop, laptop, and server due to their low cost and high data density.

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Why is my hard drive making noise

Hi I have a 2.5 inches hard drive and it stop working, I can't mount it anymore but it works electricaly. Is there a way to fix that ? Should I take apart ? Or is just the motherboard of the hard drive I need to replace ?

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Sorry to say when a HD gets to this point there's not much you can do.

The noise it likely the spindle motor bearings and/or the head has crashed into the platter rubbing against the media. In either case you can't fix it.

If you have something important on the disk you really need to get off you might be able to send the disk into a recovery service (note it will be very expensive!) and you still might not get anything back that is usable {Hint - Backup often and check that it's working}.

Best to throw the disk out and get a new one, they're cheap enough.

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lsjc, this is a difficult one. If you start hearing occasional noises, or noises like clicking, grinding or squealing, your hard drive may be failing. Check this site to listen for the different noises and the explanations of what is/has failed. Unless you have a "clean room", a "clean suit", all the identical parts,and the proper tools, there is not much that a DIY'er can fix. I suggest you replace the whole drive. Hope this helps, good luck.

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