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Western Digital External Harddisk Has Sort Of Like Tickling Kind Of Noise

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March 20, 2010 12:39:30 AM

My Western Digital External Harddisk has certain sound like tickling kind noise on and off, I don't like to hear that, what I worry most is about my important data. Can someone help???
March 20, 2010 3:15:48 AM

How old is your drive?

You also double posted. Cheers.
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March 20, 2010 11:46:41 AM

That clicking noise your hearing is the read and write heads of the hard disk.

If when in use you get a Loud Tick,Tick Tick noise its the read and write heads of the drive.
But if the drive is old as said above its a sign for you to back up all of your data quick.
And buy a new drive.
The magnetic platters are on there way out.
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March 20, 2010 8:32:20 PM

Well, it depends. Clicking is different than scratching. The only definitive way to tell is get SMART data from the drive and see how old it is.

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March 25, 2010 6:02:41 AM

WD has tools on their site for testing the HD. The old file name was Data Lifeguard, but they might have changed the name.
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March 25, 2010 6:02:44 PM

My seagate 7200.8 400GB HDD has always made noises when it runs. I thought it was normal. Its been running for 2 years with no problems. Always a good idea to make regular backups if it has anything important on it.
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