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I have a 250GB Seagate hard drive that’s not being recognized.

My Seagate IDE hard drive isn’t being recognized by my windows 10 computer. I don’t have a IDE to usb so I can’t hook it up to my Mac.

I’ve been trying to retrieve the data off of it for my grandpa but I’m not sure why my computer isn’t recognizing it. It’s windows formatted cause my grandpa was using it with his windows 7 laptop. The hard drive was in an enclosure and I took it out and i don’t have the enclosure anymore. The enclosures power jack was lose so I thought I could take it out and put the data on a new hard drive.

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Here’s the hard drive up top:

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And here’s the connection on the motherboard:

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Now I noticed that it’s making a weird clicking noise:

I’ve got it to show up on windows but it can’t access data:(

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@paperboypaddy what model hard drive is it and how do you have it connected? What was going on with the drive that you are planning to move the files to another drive? Where do you want to install the new HDD to?

@oldturkey03 I put an image in my post. And I have it plugged in to my Dell optiplex gx620 as a Internal drive. All that was wrong is when it was in its enclosure the power port was very lose so to use it you needed to hold the power cable there. It’s a older drive and it would be better to have a new higher capacity drive. All the drive is used for is to store documents and maybe some backups.

How did you hook it up to your Dell? Post some images as well

@oldturkey03 I hooked it up like a normal hard drive just with the ide and molex connectors.

Your hookup looks OK, the picture shows you the jumpers to have for master, slave. cable select. Power down and change to cable select if on master or change to master if cable select. Try again to boot into your bios using the F2 key quickly as you see the blue Dell logo. Can you see the hard drive from the bios? some bios settings turn off the ata ports so make sure both sata and ata are turned on. If you can see the hard drive in the bios then you are good to try and use the drive. If not try and re do the jumper and look in the bios again. Listen to the drive for this noise again. This clicking sounds like the read right head is going to the end of travel and not reading the MBR so the drive may be damaged by a bump or improper handling on the removal. I think the drive is hooped from the sound. Good luck

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@paperboypaddy that sounds like a bad hard drive. you may have trouble getting anything off the drive. If you need to, you can always try a data recovery service but it will cost plenty. Take a look on here for more information

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Ok. I’ll look into it. Also to let you know Seagate emailed me the other day that they found this post and said clicking noises can be caused be lack of power and if that’s not the problem data recovery will be needed. I don’t think it’s a power problem cause my DVD drive works just fine on the same power connector. I’m not sure exactly what’s on the drive so I’m not sure if I should spend a lot to get the data off.

@oldturkey03 ive finally got the hard drive to show up! But on windows the drive has a question mark on it and it can’t find any data.

Can I see a pic?

That means it is not recognized. This sounds purely mechanical but if you want to develop some skills and gain some experiences I suggest you replace the HDD controller board and see what it does.

I already posted a pic @captainsnowball

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A clicking noise is basically the funeral music. your HDD is dead... Its called the Click of death. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Click_of_d... @paperboypaddy

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@captainsnowball are you sure this drive is ready to be discarded and add to the millions of devices that make it to the landfill? Nothing that can be done about it? Is it so just because wikipedia says so or is there anything else that can be done? There are differences between blogging about repairs and performing repairs etc. Let me hear your ideas?

Hmmm... Decorations! how about a teardown?

I’m going to first try to recover the data before I do that.

@captainsnowball try a new controller board and see what happens.

You can do that? what about cache?

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