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Missing Hard Drive Answered

My teacher's laptop booted up one day and gave the message "internal hard disk drive not found". The hard drive makes a kind of clickin clunking sound on startup. His college class files are on there, along with our yearbook. Any ideas?

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. I have to agree with What and Tech. Let's hope your teacher learned his lesson about backups.

assums philosophers voice in todays day and age, any true computer user has to be emotionally and data-wise braced for his sytem to fail, crash, shut-down,lose power, or even self destruct at any time, without notice.

. Yeppers. My important stuff (mainly music and CAD files) is on a RAID1 and the work stuff gets backed up off-site every day.
. As I tell my clients; It's not a matter of if the HDD (or system) will fail, but when it will fail.

if your data doesn't exist in two places it doesn't exist at all.

. I like that. Consider it stolen. ;)

you use raid one? why? raid 0 and a backup ide drive would be a faster and more powerful setup.

. Not that worried about speed - reliability and recoverability are my main concerns. I don't run CAD or audio apps on the server, so faster drives wouldn't do me much good. . It uses a card that does most of the maintenance in the bkgnd for me, which I really like. And it will reliably rebuild when I swap drives for off-site backups. All in all, it makes it convenient enough (let's face it, backups are a PITA, I don't care who ya are) that I usually have good backups available. . And, yeah, I bought a spare controller card for when it craps out. . If I can ever figure out how to get software RAID5, Linux, and WinXP to cooperate, I want to set up a 1TB server - just so I can say I did it.

That doesn't help. Thats for recovering data off of formatted drives, or files that have been "deleted". If you can't get it working at all, its not going to help.

no it isn't it is for saving failed drives.

It won't save a hardware failure, though!

well then you are doomed unless you have a clean room :)

My teacher already handed the computer over to the school ITs. I say that's a bad move. There probably just going to get a new drive over warranty. Anyway, I'd like to learn more about these backup systems you're discussing.

Here's an obvious thought - has anybody turned the laptop over and looked to see in the drive is still there? My laptop has several parts that can be removed simply by sliding a small catch over.

It was most definitely there. Other wise, the laptop was haunted by a clicking monster.

Pull the hard drive, stick it in the freezer overnight, pull it out, quickly pop it back in the laptop, if it boots, get your data FAST!!! Very old trick.

. Believe it or not, it may work. I've usually seen this applied to stiction problems (drive won't spin up), not noisy drives, but it's worth a try.

I've always heard it with the click of death, for stiction you do the over head arm swing wrist snap

. Either way, the freezer shouldn't do any harm and there's a chance it will help. If all else has failed, I'd go for it.

. ROFLMAO! . Since it's making "a kind of clickin clunking sound," I just assumed the noise was from the HDD. On second thought, it could be CD/DVD, &c.; . That's why we keep you around. ;)

How old is the drive ? What brand ? I would try what Tool Using Animal said : Put in freezer And have a flashdrve/ external hdd ready.

probably the end of the hard drive. you might be able to recover your data from one of the professional services available.

If it makes a repetitive clicking sound, the hard drive is most likely dead, especially when combined with that message.