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WD2000JB clunking

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by tolien, 22 Jan 2006.

  1. tolien


    Joined: 16 May 2003

    Posts: 25,368

    Location: ::1

    In the middle of the night, my WD WD2000JB started making a clunking noise (like a stepper motor moving about 3 or 4 times).
    Took the machine to bits, tried different data/power cables as well as without any other drives connected, and the result's the same. Listening more closely, the drive seems to spin up, clunk about 4 times, then spin down (and repeats that).
    Neither Windows nor an Ubuntu Linux live CD can see the partitions on the drive (though the BIOS detects it, and both show the drive as connected).

    Any suggestions as to how to get it working (or at least get the data off it) before I RMA?
  2. smids


    Joined: 18 Dec 2004

    Posts: 6,660

    Location: London/Kent

    Not really... if it's lost the partitions, you could try running a chkdsk to fix any file system errors but if it clunks to death during that process, data recovery will be harder. It's risky but I think the only way of getting any form of data back (the chkdsk).
  3. VeNT


    Joined: 9 Jan 2003

    Posts: 20,667

    Location: Cornwall

    hmmm, have a look on the UBCD, theres some WD tools on there, you may be able to recover with those
  4. tolien


    Joined: 16 May 2003

    Posts: 25,368

    Location: ::1

    It can't pull anything either :(

    I've set up the RMA, but seeing as it's an advance RMA, I'll have the replacement before I send the dud back. Is it worth trying pulling the controller off the new drive and sticking on the old one?

    Edit: More immediately, is it worth trying shoving it in the freezer, say overnight?
    Last edited: 23 Jan 2006