Why is my hard drive clicking?

What’s that sound?

Can you hear a click? As you can probably imagine, unusual sounds coming from your hard drive are not a good thing, but it doesn’t mean that your data is lost forever! Check out our post about hard drives to learn a little about how your data is stored. If you look below, you can see the tiny head that is responsible for reading and writing data to your drive.

bad head

So what exactly is causing that sound anyway? Here is a little video we took from a drive with bad heads to show you what is happening inside the hard drive.

Now what??

Okay, so if you’re hearing a clicking sound from your hard drive, it’s probably an issue with the heads. That is just about the worst-case scenario and it definitely means that you’ll have to have a data recovery professional look at the drive. In order to get your data back, it’s likely that the heads will need to be swapped with parts from a donor drive. All hope is not lost, and your data isn’t necessarily lost forever!

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