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Running Win 7 Pro and have just encountered an issue with my Iomega 250GB external HGG. It has been working until yesterday. Now when I connect it to the usb outlet on my pc and power it up it does not appear as a computer drive - the light comes on and I can hear it spinning and then there is a clicking sound and it shuts down.

The drive is 6 years old - is there any hope for this drive in terms of use and content salvageablity? Or is it now a paperweight?

Any input would be appreciated.

Frank
 

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Probably the end of the line for the drive. As far as content goes, someone on another site recommended: https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm. I know nothing about it and they purposely don't offer a trial version since people usually only need it once in a lifetime.
 

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then there is a clicking sound.... The drive is 6 years old
A clicking HDD is a Failed or Failing HDD.
This probably wont' help, but you can remove the HDD from the enclosure and attach it internally to a desktop computer as a secondary drive.If the drive is recognized in the Bios, then you can run Data Recovery software on it, like Spinrite. I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. If the drive still clicks and powers down, then it needs to be replaced.
Always have files you can't live without backed up to more then one place.
 

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One variation of what Spunk is suggesting is after taking it out of the Iomega case you can try it in another external enclosure. I'm not optimistic.
 

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Thanks for the response and input Corday and spunk - very kind of you both.

I do have the external drive contents backed up on another external drive so a costly recovery is not indicated - just wondered if the drive was salvageable.

Frank
 
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