Dropped HD - Beeps twice at me


#1

I accidentally pulled my external enclosure off my desk thanks to the incredibly long 1 foot USB cable.  Now my WD 200 GB Caviar drive beeps twice at me, waits 5 seconds, then beeps twice again, and just keeps going.  I assume this is a bad thing, but does anyone know what it means?  It ran perfectly until this happened.

Thanks. 


#2

It means you damaged the drive and it is most likely about to fail.


#3

Your drive may have a seized spindle motor, or a stiction fault. Stiction occurs when the heads land on a smooth section of the platters instead of their normal landing zone.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiction#Hard_disk_drives

Stiction forces can often be overcome with gentle “percussive maintenance”. :wink:

This thread may interest you (it has a couple of success stories):
http://forum.hddguru.com/samsung-portable-500gb-dead-t14351.html#p99445

See the warnings on page 5 of the following article.

Disk Drive Science (Steve Legg):
http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/7803/5/DiskDriveScience_copy.pdf

Here are photos of what can happen:
http://forum.hddguru.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15911#p105001