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Data Recovery for Hard Drives making Clicking or Grinding Noises

Common Symptom: Hard drive makes a continuous clicking noise pattern, grinding sound or smokes.

Diagnosis: Hard drive has physical damage and needs clean-room work. Professional data recovery required.

When a hard drive clicks, ticks, or grinds it's a sure sign the drive is physically bad. It is very important the hard drive be turned off immediately. Leaving it on will eventually make all the data unrecoverable.

Clickings sounds are generally the result of bad heads being unable to calibrate with the media servo tracks, which makes the drive keep resetting. A grinding sound is usually the result of a head crash. As one of the more worse scenarios, if not turned off, will cause unrecoverable damage.

Don't risk losing your data! Don't bang on the drive or leave it running. Don't run software on it. Definitely don't put it in the freezer! (We hear people doing this all the time.) The drive should be turned off at the first sign of can noise.

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