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HDD 10 long beeps. Sign of Death?

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April 2, 2013 9:52:30 AM

Please help me fellow cyberatics

Today my external HDD with some fairly valueble Production data just dont want to pick up.

Ok, firstly i got a Samsung External HDD the HDD model is HD204UI.
I tested it on my PC as a internal, in its original External Enclosure and in a backup enclosure i have. The same on all three conditions.

To describe the sound its 10 longish (3-5 seconds) low beeps.
Does anyone know what's happening and if my drive is dead.
Can I retrieve anything and how?

If anyone needs a recording of the sound ill put one up..

Thanks Andre
a b G Storage
April 2, 2013 9:56:23 AM

I would like to hear the sound of an HDD beeping. But usually any sound that is abnormal on a HDD means one thing : time to get a new one.
April 2, 2013 10:04:40 AM

Here's the link to the sound

I'm alright with the fact that it's the end of it's life but how can i retrieve whatever I can?
It doesn't pickup at all

Btw that sound repeats 10 times then nothing and still doesn't go on
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a b G Storage
April 2, 2013 10:44:27 AM

Yeah it sounds like something is not working at all, I would be very impressed if anything can be retrieved from the drive.

If you MUST have the data, a mechanical problem can usually be fixed (by scientists, not you), but it may be very labor intensive. I've seen the bill on a complete CSI tear down and reassemble and it was thousands of dollars. But it might not hurt to get the opinion of a data retriever.

Good luck to you.
a b G Storage
April 2, 2013 11:35:06 AM

Time to freeze the drive and then try and get the data off before it has a chance to warm up to far.
April 2, 2013 7:34:04 PM

That sounds like the motor is stuck, or shorted, I think I hear the PWM controller, trying to spin up the drive and then sense that it is not working (not rotating) and pause for cooldown and then try again...

Maybe the bearings are damaged (stuck). Anyways I don't think there is any afordable permanant solution to this problem.