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John Leahy02 Aug 2011 12:06 a.m. PST

Yep, less than 2 years old and it starts to click. that's when it dawns on me that while I have been backing up everything on my new computer it's all on the external drive. The one that's clicking. Well, it'll still click a few times when turned on but then nada. I'm an idiot for not backing it all up to the new comp. Looks like I'll have to try data recovery services. I tried UBUNTU and the drive isn't registering.

I swear life sucks sometime. of course all my family pics are on there too.



Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 4:00 a.m. PST


I have my wife and my computers backed up by Carbonite.

I have no complaints, but I've not had a crash yet….which I guess is a good thing.

sorry about your luck though,


Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 4:17 a.m. PST

"I have my wife and my computers backed up by Carbonite."

Oh, dear, are you expecting your wife to crash? Or is she encased in it, like Han Solo?

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 5:50 a.m. PST

You have my sympathy. Having been through a similar nightmare TMP link mid winter, I can say it is surprising how much you can find again in quite surprising places. I finally ended up with all my finished work back but lost most of my stock scenes.

I wish you luck in recovering all that is important to you.


Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 9:03 a.m. PST

My local computer technician told me that external hard drives can suffer some damage if they are dropped down onto a desk, etc, because the "needle"-type arm inside can impact with the disc. Would it be worth taking it to a computer engineer, to have a look inside and see if it can be repaired/made useable enough for you to get into it?

If that's possible, it might be cheaper than a data recovery service.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Aug 2011 11:48 a.m. PST

try laying the drive over on its side slightly. I had a second drive failure this year to a back up and I had the case leaning over with the side panel open so that I could see/hear what it was doing and the drive recognized and I managed to pull everything off of it before unplugging it.

blackscribe Inactive Member02 Aug 2011 12:21 p.m. PST

Sue Kes, you were not steered wrong. Modern drives can take a *lot* of abuse, though. Also, sometimes the motor just isn't starting up. You can take it down and give it a little help with a pair of pliers by rapidly twisting the spindle. If it sounds like it is spinning before the clicking starts, try freezing the thing overnight.

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member03 Aug 2011 5:48 p.m. PST

If it still isn't working, you should start believing, now.

14Bore06 Aug 2011 11:38 a.m. PST

Haven't mentioned it yet anywhere but- Day I went to first Historicon I get home and wife informs me the hard drive died. Only a year and a half old. No external hard drive(have one now), game files, photos of games (most are in camera but I labeled each picture by game time) unit rosters, OOB, next game roster, all gone. Still hoping old hard drive will give up some info to save hours of typing, and photos. I have a running game where battle casualties and results are rewarded or taken away for next game. I have hard copies but as said require a lot of refiguring.

Andrew Beasley Inactive Member17 Aug 2011 3:16 p.m. PST

Was it a Western Digital by any chance?

Had three go in two years – now I do not let them in the house or in any machines at work. Their QA is not very good to say the least!

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