Hey folks, I had an external Seagate Barracuda 2TB backup drive fail on me a couple of days ago. All of a sudden it made the notorious click of inevitable doom, froze up while I was playing back an audio file, and then the drive disappeared from Disk Management. This was the fastest I've ever seen a drive fail. Typically in the past it has always been a slower process of inevitable death.
That being said, there's nothing absolutely Crucial
on the drive and I have a partial backup of everything save for the last few months. Most of this data is recreational (audio and video files such as music and movies) so at most it will be an inconvenience to not retrieve it. Hence why I've made this thread as more of an experiment than anything.
I performed all of the standard things to quickly fix and retrieve any amount of data. I rebooted the machine, the HDD, swapped cables, removed it from the enclosure and plugged it into the motherboard directly, as well as used a HDD reader to no avail.
What happens is the drive spins up, you can hear the heads attempting to read for about 10 seconds while it clicks, then spins down and turns off. It will exhibit this behavior the same manner, and the same timing every time it is given power.
I then decided to just open the drive and take a look at the innards for noticeable damage to the platters, actuator arm, or heads. To my surprise there is no noticeable damage. I then did the unthinkable (gasp!) And plugged the drive in with the lid off. The heads all extend from the actuator and appear to attempt to read the platters, and it is at this point where the clicking comes in. After each click the heads attempt to read a different area until the drive inevitably spins down.
My question here is what people think the culprit is in this situation? I am more curious to know what actually caused the failure than any realistic hope of repairing and recovering the data, so there's no real need to be overly concerned with the fact that I opened the drive and powered it on without the lid outside of a clean room. Just looking for thoughts based on what I've said could be the issue.