How to recover data from a hard drive (stuck heads: buzzing, clicking, etc)

How to recover data from a hard drive (stuck heads: buzzing, clicking, etc)

Does your hard drive make a buzzing noise when you turn it on? Or does it make clicking noises or not spin up? Well, in this video I will show you how to fix this fairly common problem which is caused by the drive’s heads getting stuck on the platters. You’ll definitely need this before starting:

In some cases, data recovery software may have to be used. Here is a good one to check out: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Professional

Want to be extra safe? You can build a clean air enclosure. Here’s a video all about that:

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  1. DIY Perks
    DIY Perks 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    You'll definitely need this before starting any repair job:

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  2. angelidia
    angelidia 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    I wish I knew about this years ago since I have lost two hard drives in the past. I have an external hard drive that's 10 years old and it was working well the last time I used it which was a little over a year ago but when I tried to look for a file, it wasn't working. I wasn't sure if it's the power or the head got stuck and since the warranty is expired I got nothing else to lose. Fortunately the head isn't stuck. This was a life saver because I was debating to shell out $1500 for data recovery or do this myself.

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  3. RoKn ROLLeR
    RoKn ROLLeR 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    If you had a dead drive with valuable information, could you not buy a working drive same size brand etc. And just swap the disk? lol

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  4. Zra El
    Zra El 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    first your information is missing important details . what you did is stupid, all you need is a magnet.

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  5. Zac Bradford
    Zac Bradford 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    What I'm going to say simply as this I've been done computers for about 20 years now and I know for a fact that you don't want any dust particles on any part of the inside of that drive it will ruin it to the point where you have to replace the arms or something else more serious within that drive

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  6. GRENIBOY Gaming
    GRENIBOY Gaming 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    This man literally manage to upload 1080p quality video ago

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  7. Hansindu Jayaweera
    Hansindu Jayaweera 8 January, 2022, 10:52
  8. Zihan Nan
    Zihan Nan 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Hi, what else should I try if the spin head is not stuck on the platter? Thanks for your advice.

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  9. Turkmen Toy Roliklar
    Turkmen Toy Roliklar 8 January, 2022, 10:52
  10. Gvenee17
    Gvenee17 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    i was looking for this for over 2 months and now that i gave up and threw the hard disk in the trash you really show up in my recomended?😭

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  11. Pratik patil
    Pratik patil 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    You should add a thanks button to this video.

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  12. Uldis Biz
    Uldis Biz 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Thanks for a great video. So, I managed to open it up and I'm clueless how to fix it. The leg goes on the plate and back all the time. The plate spins fine. Please advise how to proceed?

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  13. clc pan
    clc pan 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    oh my god …you are really great and no words to me….awesome work … thank you very much

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  14. George Taylor
    George Taylor 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Off the subject this guy looks just like the dude that plays spiderman.

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  15. ricardo nadapdap
    ricardo nadapdap 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    u damage the plate when u use the hook. dont do this guys

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  16. Joe Bagadonus
    Joe Bagadonus 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Bravo….A well spoken individual.

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  17. Karol Pasiut
    Karol Pasiut 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    I once ran a perfectly working HDD (although antiquated at that point) without a cover. It worked well for about 5 minutes, and then it started catching more and more errors until entire PC froze. The drive never started again, it continued to freeze the PC on startup – so yes, it's true – running a HDD without a cover outside a clean room definitely CAN damage it. (I'm not saying that it always will)

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  18. Brad Bushell
    Brad Bushell 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Anyone else ever make a hdd start working again by drop kicking it across an office?

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  19. nova alyousef
    nova alyousef 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    my hard drive make clicking sound not the same as the video a little different maybe ! but when I opened it up the needle was in it's right place ! but there is defiantly a problem with the needle cause it keep clicking ! but I don't know what exactly it's new I bought it few month ago it didn't fall or anything it's just stopped working suddenly and started making that clicking sound !

    too bad here in Kuwait we don't have technician for this I talked to few saying they can't fix a hard drive or whatever it's called so long story short need help I will try to fix it myself

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  20. AbhiShocks
    AbhiShocks 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    i want the name of your screw driver

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  21. Mathew Brunetta
    Mathew Brunetta 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Could this be the result of a dropped harddrive?

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    THE MATRIX DECODED 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    The thing is sometimes a clicking drive can be caused by a bad cable. However some people come here and find this, and open their drive and damage it, when all they needed was a new cable.

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  23. David Wildenhain
    David Wildenhain 8 January, 2022, 10:52

    Wish I had seen this sooner!! I just tossed two desktops and a laptop in October. I would have tried this on all of them.
    Bummer, but thanks. I have one left, and I'll try this repair on that. Great video, and I've now suscribed!

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