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[–] watch_listed 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

The best solution I've found to that issue is to turn off the computer until you've gotten another drive to back things up onto. Once they start the click of death, it's a race against the clock.

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[–] SwiftLion 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

seal the drive well so it won’t get wet (paper towels plus Zip lock maybe) and put it in the freezer for a few hours, then try to retrieve your data. The temperature change can make metal parts change size slightly, and can bring the tracks back into alignment long enough to retrieve your data.

No, I’m not making this up.

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[–] culofiesta [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Has that worked for you?

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[–] voater27 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I used to work in a computer store, and we were able to get tons of drives working for a short time using the freezer method. Do not doddle though, get your important info asap, and if it's gigabytes worth of shit you aren't going to get it. Like you will need to say who gives a fuck about music and movies, you can just redownload all that shit it's useless. You need to focus more on business documents or resumes kind of thing.

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[–] SwiftLion 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes, twice. Once had to get about half my data off a drive and then had to freeze it again to get the second half, because it warmed up too much.

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[–] level_101 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have done this with laptop drives. At one point I actually just got an extra long power + ide cable (old days) and ran the drive while in the freezer.

It was enough to make the drive work for about 2 hours while I imaged it so I could pull files out of the image any time I needed to.

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[–] oftotc 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Back up data now!!!!!! Replace HDD ASAP. Can't access the drive? Get a USB/SATA adapter, see if you can mount HDD as an external drive after OS boots. Still no good? Time to decide how much $$ the data is worth.

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[–] jamesed 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

With the cheap price of drives these days i don't know why people are not mirroring their drives. The chances of two drives going bad at the same time is almost nil. I got a bunch of 3 TB drives for 68 bucks each. I have a combination eSATA/USB 3.0 external caddy that I use for backup/ Mirror that works like a champ. .

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[–] culofiesta [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This one is. I'd have to break the casing and ruin it

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[–] ilikeskittles 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Trinity Rescue Kit (free download). There is a program to binary copy the drive, this its called "ddrescue". It will try as many times as you set it (command line app) and then go to the next sector. So you get a new drive or a USB drive and binary copy the old drive onto the new drive. If it's not to bad...you'll get most of your data, if not all. I've actually been pretty successful doing this.

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[–] srgmpdns 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You're basically fucked. There are places that do data recovery professionally, but maybe try some of the suggestions here first:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=clicking+hard+drive+data+recovery

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[–] DickHertz 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Yes backups.

Guess you were too lazy to keep them. Oh well you're fucked. On the other hand the work probably will go faster than the first time.

Lol