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

  • Published on Mar 22, 2014
  • 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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Comments • 4 933

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks  2 years ago +171

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

    • Helpful Ideas
      Helpful Ideas Month ago

      O Fillion *** they are just messing with you and anyone dumb enough to read this crap.

    • Zemdirbyste ltu
      Zemdirbyste ltu 2 months ago

      it's toxic to the lungs my friend was dead by this.

    • Rex Everything
      Rex Everything 2 months ago

      Joanne Lourdes A sled appears to be a new word for whatever I've used since days of internal or external drive either bays, cases, caddies or enclosures. One only needs a cheap item as long as it comes with warranty. Even a month's warranty is enough to make sure the item holding the suspect drive can at least see it. It still should be broken so, if you, insert a working drive to make sure it spins up and can also be read. You're good to go.

    • vinyltapelover
      vinyltapelover 4 months ago

      ​@JordanMatthew Anderson​ Same here. I'm no tech, but the first thing I looked for were slots or wide spots around the case. There were some at the corners of the case.. It made use of the the knife that much more easier. It worked so well that the knife blade went inside the case, but fortunately did not touch the top platter or the head. Whew!

    • TechModder Aryan
      TechModder Aryan 4 months ago +1

      @Ritu MittalI can see that the data would be really important thus you should approach an drive recovery specialist as those memories are worth more than anything

  • Putu Meganada
    Putu Meganada 13 hours ago

    Thank You, it is very helpful for me.

  • Ian Moone
    Ian Moone Day ago

    In my case external drives needles all were bent and discs scratched because of falling off the table. I will just buy a new hdd and put in that case.

  • Imran Tahir
    Imran Tahir Day ago

    you are very smart, need to create one video at least to diagnose the issue by noise. Big thanks

  • Hassan Mansoor
    Hassan Mansoor Day ago

    Ok so I need help. I think it started from that stupid Windows 10 100% disk usage crap. Had to shut the power off completely many times because there was no other way because everything frozes and that I think had a bad effect on the disc, because it now has a butt load of bad sectors, so many that the software I was using doesn't even run the bad sector test completely. Whenever I connect the hdd to my PC, it just takes an eternity to start and I can't find a good solution on the internet and also don't want to take it to professional hdd recovery guys because of the cost. Please if anybody has any solutions, let me know.
    P.S. Sorry for any English mistakes

  • Chans Techshop
    Chans Techshop 2 days ago confair

  • Sebsibe Desalegn
    Sebsibe Desalegn 2 days ago

    wow nice

  • Mr_Mack_In Denver
    Mr_Mack_In Denver 2 days ago

    Thank you Sir - Much appreciated

  • James Iliffe
    James Iliffe 2 days ago

    Thank you so much, this actually bloody worked AMAZING!!!

  • DrinkingStar
    DrinkingStar 3 days ago

    Good to know about this. Thanks.

  • Pradip Raj Adhikary
    Pradip Raj Adhikary 3 days ago

    Thank you for useful Video.

  • Artem SEXolog
    Artem SEXolog 3 days ago

    Он совершенно не понимает как ремонтировать и восстанавливать hdd это экспронт и только

  • Artem SEXolog
    Artem SEXolog 3 days ago

    Фиерический идиот. Пусть примет мои искренние соболезнования

  • Terry Sutherland
    Terry Sutherland 4 days ago

    Mate, this is brilliant! I've always wondered about doing this myself, and never had the guts to try it on a drive I wanted to use afterward. I agree about the box vs. the clean room. The clean room is an ideal environment, but not entirely necessary. Thanks for dispelling the myth. I also didn't know what to do about the ticking noises until now. Well done!

  • FTvsDK
    FTvsDK 4 days ago

    ;) still waiting for your platter transplantation..

  • Saravnaa
    Saravnaa 4 days ago

    Hey man ... Can u tell the size of the screw in the middle?... I tried using T6 its not working ...

  • Howard Wolever
    Howard Wolever 5 days ago

    Can you tell me how to get past hp partition on a hard drive? My hard drive cannot be read on My hp laptop and it's a hp hard drive. I'm so confuses

  • Gilang B. Pratama
    Gilang B. Pratama 6 days ago

    the hit sideways tips was really hit the spot, thanks, now my hard drive back to normal

  • Look_around
    Look_around 6 days ago

    Yeah, My disk got some troubles. I will save it as soon as I can. That's definitely cool skill.

    ABHILASH * 7 days ago

    Hai This actually works thank u

  • Haroun Elloumi
    Haroun Elloumi 8 days ago

    i'm sorry, but even if there is only 1% damaged blocs, that doesnt mean that you can recover date from 99% good blocs, you can loose all of you date, i mean, if you have a 1GB drive for example, and you put in a single 1GB video file, even with only 1 damaged bloc, ALL the file will be corrupted ! if you have a 1GB drive, and you put 2 video files, 500MB each one, 1 damaged bloc, you will have 50% of data lost hahahahahah it depend of your data
    but anyway, very good job man !!!

  • Pierre-Loup Ducout
    Pierre-Loup Ducout 9 days ago

    Oh the irony of TheXvid suggestions 😅 I hope all you data is now safely backed is that beast of yours!

    DOOBIEDO YOU 11 days ago

    I think this guy's shock that it worked says it all. This is really risky for the average person. This is normally done in a clean room not an open air table. There are risks of particles, dust, moisture, and static shock from your own hands and tools damaging the exposed disk to be weary of. One slight brush of the platter or magnet on your key chain (or from anywhere) in close proximity and its over. If you have never opened up your computer housing and done work on the motherboard or replaced components than this is not for you. Keep your HDD, store it covered in a safe place and hope to get money or befriend a kind tech person in the future who can help you.

  • ebee8472
    ebee8472 11 days ago

    i did this because i heard an odd noise, popped off the outer shell, (its a WD element SE portable) the problem is, it still does not show up on anything, even if I use CMD and try scan disc, it can't because its not there. what do i do? (besides tossing it; lots of movies and games, already started a list of what was there)

  • Norlanth Tiemeth
    Norlanth Tiemeth 12 days ago

    The only way to restore all the blocks is to get new platters, and hope they are marked on the edge for alignment.

  • Process Data
    Process Data 12 days ago +1

    Its really risky. If data is so important please dont attempt this way. Go to nearest data recovery firm. Dont bother about money.
    I did it several hdd, but no luck

  • RavenHawkTech
    RavenHawkTech 12 days ago

    Actually the reason you don't open the drive without a clean room is because if you get dust, or anything that scratches or leaves grease can kill damage your drive. If you absolutely need the data and you tried everything else then yeah I have done this myself but newbs should really really not try this...

  • Yonten Thonten
    Yonten Thonten 13 days ago

    Хмм, весьма весьма.

  • Chief Chokeahoe
    Chief Chokeahoe 13 days ago

    Oh boy I got a lot of good videos I made of me and 6 ex girlfriends I just gotta make sure my new girl dont find em I got caught once it won't happen a second cause my girl went to pick up the take out and forgot the keys to the car and came back in and I had my dam leg cocked up and I was wailing away and the door swung open and I said heeeey come here but I just couldn't keep him hard after that he kept going limp on me cause I told her I had something very important to do on the computer so yeah I was pretty fucking stoked at that moment but that my story I got a bunch of em that are pretty fucking awesome but all y'all get is one you perverts go on nothing to see here. Go on get outta here. Ya wussys

  • Chief Chokeahoe
    Chief Chokeahoe 13 days ago

    And I kept all my old hard drives just in case thanks your awesome

  • Chilled Cola
    Chilled Cola 15 days ago +1

    I used a power drill to fix the beeping sound and it somehow worked buuuut... its still not being recognized by my computer what should I do?

  • Mark Offenberg
    Mark Offenberg 15 days ago +1

    Is this madman running vista?

  • The Random Channel
    The Random Channel 15 days ago

    What is the name of the software you used to check the health of the drive

  • All Star Corporation
    All Star Corporation 16 days ago

    Thanks Bro

  • Todd Gilmore
    Todd Gilmore 16 days ago +2

    Hello and Welcome... buy a SSD problem solved.

  • new philmz
    new philmz 16 days ago

    I slid the head off the platter, but when I plug it in it gets stuck again and whines. Any help?

  • Sienbha Rymbai Official Channel

    Good work bro

  • Bomy Sebastian
    Bomy Sebastian 19 days ago +1

    Ohh nice video. I need to watch this video earlier...because I throw my harddrive with this same problem. which contains lots of data...

  • devendra12345678
    devendra12345678 22 days ago

    sir my 2tb hdd is not work open hardly butnot show folder in the drive but not open any doc write protectin error

  • K B
    K B 22 days ago

    What to do if there are no screws on the HDD cover? How do you open it to correct the problem?

    • IT IZME_
      IT IZME_ 20 days ago +1

      If you don't see any screws around the edge, then more than likely they are under the label.
      Go back to the video at 4:30. Some drives only have 2 screws. One above the magnet assembly ( like this one ) and the other is dead center of the Platter assembly. But more than likely BOTH are under the label.

  • Umaru Kashiwazaki
    Umaru Kashiwazaki 23 days ago

    The common cause of harddrive failure is Massive Shock and Hot Temperature

  • Ahmed Reza
    Ahmed Reza 24 days ago

    Awesome video bro...So helpful

  • Defcon
    Defcon 24 days ago +6

    Stay away from seagate drives of the highest failure rates

  • Nida Rafiq
    Nida Rafiq 25 days ago

    I cant find screw under label 😫

  • R asraster
    R asraster 25 days ago +1

    Do yourself a favor and don't ever blow on a drive platter. Clean canned air just for this purpose is cheap and probably available on Amazon

  • 3 Minute Flicks
    3 Minute Flicks 26 days ago

    I like you. 😊

  • FeatherChaeyeon 12:02
    FeatherChaeyeon 12:02 26 days ago +1

    Thank you for this tutorial. I got the same problem and I managed to retrieve my data + I didn't spend on data retrieval. Kudos to this!

  • Sajida Sheikh
    Sajida Sheikh 26 days ago

    Sir Please let me know how to spot a fake hard drive, here in China we see many hard drives which we can format only in fat32/exfat but not in ntfs, when we try to format in ntfs my computer got stuck ie death lock. In such hard drive we can store date like 100gb to 200gb but it written as 2 tb hard drive.

  • Clive Mattinson
    Clive Mattinson 27 days ago +23

    Reason for HDD failure = SEAGATE ✔ 😂

    • Clive Mattinson
      Clive Mattinson 10 days ago +2

      @DOOBIEDO YOU Samsung were the best, now owned by Seagate! Try Western Digital. I rate them highly!

      DOOBIEDO YOU 11 days ago +5

      You are so right!!! I'm sitting here now looking at my completely full 4tb HDD and holding back tears. Seagate really sucks!!

  • davidhulk11
    davidhulk11 28 days ago

    You are a Genius!

  • PRican Deplorable
    PRican Deplorable Month ago +2

    Been working on computers for over 25 years and this is the 1st time I've seen this trick. Tried it successfully on a damaged 3TB HDD. This comes to prove that and ol' dog in fact can learn new tricks! :D :D Good video!

    • Faizel Osman
      Faizel Osman 29 days ago

      Ten years in my case, and yeah, first time for everything. Cant wait to try this out.

  • Sanek2k6
    Sanek2k6 Month ago +2

    Keep in mind that you probably would not be able to do this with some of the newer hard drives (especially the higher capacity ones). That is due to the hard drives being filled with Helium these days instead of air to reduce drag on the platters inside.

  • steve
    steve Month ago

    Great videos! One thing to consider, files aren't necessarily in order on the drive so 2% corruption could affect 100% of files or only 1 file... likely somewhere in between but 2% corruption probably affects more than 2% of files, the larger the average file size the higher the odds more files overlap that 2% corruption

    KENTES WOOD Month ago

    greaaaaaat !!!! thank u very much

  • Asutosh Rath
    Asutosh Rath Month ago

    Sir do you have any course on repairing an harddisk

  • all about pc
    all about pc Month ago

    when i pluged in the hard drive on my laptop nothing happened

  • Achieve Legal Services

    This was a very clearly eplained video. And top marks for the Guy looking like Theon Greyjoy!

  • tabbu chouhan
    tabbu chouhan Month ago

    what is new in this

  • CauseAndEffect
    CauseAndEffect Month ago +1

    In 2019, get SSDs only - they work so much faster. Backup frequently.