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Spinning and freezing is not a good sign for this hard drive. There is usually only one easy way to get on with your life in a case like this.
My hard drive froze during an operation and now it's not recognized by any computer I've turned it on and it doesn't stay on for long when I plug it in. It spins up, making a repetitive spin up sound and goes to sleep and shuts off after a couple of seconds. What's wrong with it? Thank you very much!
In this excerpt from Answercast #19, I look at another hard drive that suddenly stopped working. There may be only one good solution.
There's really not much more I can say about it. When you get that kind of a clear indication, where the drive can't keep itself spinning, then there is something definitely wrong with the drive itself.
Hardware can break. It's just the nature of the beast. Hard drives in particular are perhaps one of the most common (or at least the most serious) breakages that can happen.
So, in a case like this... this is why we back up. This is why we have backups.
Now, of course, unfortunately what that really means is that many people don't have the backup to restore to. Obviously, I'm not trying to be particularly mean here, but I hope you'll learn from that lesson and start backing up because this will happen again.
This is one of those valuable, valuable educational points.
If the data on that hard drive is only on that hard drive (in other words, it's not been backed up anywhere and it's valuable enough), don't do anything more with the hard drive!
I will warn you that they will not be cheap. We're talking thousands of dollars here, last I heard, to do the kind of data recovery that may be required to extract the data from that hard drive, given the symptoms that you've just described.
Hopefully, you've got a backup you can go back to.
If not, hopefully, the data is replaceable.
If not, I think you're looking at a fairly expensive data recovery operation.
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