Hard Drive Problems


Is your hard drive making noise? Does it sound like it’s clicking, grinding, or buzzing? That’s a telltale sign of a failing hard drive. Cease use of your device and bring it to us immediately. Continued use will result in hard drive failure and permanent data loss. Contact Data Recovery MD immediately for hard drive data recovery. Our engineers have over 30 years experience providing data recovery throughout the United States and Canada. Bring your hard drive into our Manhattan offices locally, or ship your storage media in. We provide the most affordable rates in the country with free estimates and a no data, no charge policy.
Our engineers have seen every type of hard drive from every brand. We know the symptoms of a failing hard drive, and clicking noise is a primary indicator.
More Symptoms from failing hard drive:

  • Disappearing data and disk errors
  • Being unable to access your operating system; computer not able to recognize your drive
  • Computer crashes when accessing data
  • Extremely slow access times


To better understand why your hard drive is making noise it may help to understand the internal components of your hard drive. Inside every Hard Drive (except solid state drives) are disc like objects called platters, which magnetically store your data. A stem called a drive head reads from your platters’ magnetic coating and sends the data to your computer motherboard.

When you open a file/program on your computer, your drive head is configured to access certain segments of your platters to run/open the file. These segments of the platter are called sectors. A file is generally scattered randomly along free sectors, which means the drive head must work swiftly along numerous points.
The speeds in which the platters rotate and offer data to the motherboard are called revolutions per minute, or RPM. The humming/whirring sound you hear emitting from a healthy hard drive are the platters rotating.
After years of hard drive use, the mechanism that allows your platters to spin and drive heads to access your platters will start to wear. Your RPM capability will slow. Your hard drive will begin to sound a little different.

Between the incessant rotations, bad sectors within the platters fragmenting your drive and an overworked drive head the hard drive will eventually lose function. The grinding/beeping/licking noise you hear after years of use is the drive head moving aimlessly on the drive head and meeting the internal head stop. This indicates mechanical failure. Eventually, your drive head won’t work at all. This is where we come in.

We have an industry standard cleanroom, a sterile environment in which we open your hard drive and manually retrieve your data. We also have $100K DSAT machinery to read your platters, and retrieve as much data as possible. This typically costs tens of thousands of dollars but we offer this service at much lower rates. Visit Data Recovery MD today if your hard drive making noise.