03-25-2012 11:35 AM
My 1TB external Seagate Drive started clicking after I gently dusted it - after about 20 months service. I backed up, and formated, which took ages as when it was clicking it couldn't do anything. I was just about to send it back when I read on the internet that you only get a refurbished old drive which may play up again. I read a few things like turning it upside down - didn't work. So I hit it about 10 times reasonably hard with my hand. Clicking stopped, now works better than it ever has. I probably won't fully trust it again and will be more thorough with my backups to DVD, but for now it is working fine (5 days) with a lot of use. Maybe the theory that the case is causing the problem is correct.
03-26-2012 06:31 PM
@Gill LMAO!!! I wouldn't recommend 'hitting' something like this. A hard drive uses precision electronics that could be dislodged permanently. I do however take on board what you mean though. I know the click can be frustrating (I exchanged mine for a WD 2000) but that said if it works ... may just be a loose connection and you have found a solution...
03-27-2012 04:56 AM
Thanks for the reply. I wouldn't normally hit computer equipment, it was just that I was probably just going to bin it. It is still working perfectly, seems faster than before and also quieter. Maybe there was always a slight problem that I just took for it being a slow, noisy drive. I would only recommend this as a last resort, but it worked for me.