2TB Seagate HDD Beeping.....Can it be Saved?

My External HDD has Died with 1.5tb used on there

Shows turns a Night into a shit oneFucking My External HDD has Died with 1.5tb used on there

Tried Different Computers and Different Cords

Shows turns a Night into a shit one

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You can try taking the drive out of the case and hook it up as an internal drive, on the off chance it is a circuit board / wiring issue.

It should be a standard 2.5 hdd.


Try a program called HDD Regenerator. Hopefully you have at least your most important data backed up.

If it comes down to it you can probably have the data recovered by a professional data recovery company.

Majority and Important stuff is Backed Up.

Most stuff I have Lost is YT Videos I download

I don’t have stuff to do it.

Would a Computer Shop do that?

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It shouldn’t take much more that a screwdriver, though the screws may be hidden under feet or labels. Then all you need is a SATA data cable. (Assuming you have a spare power cable in your case.)

My point is that SSDs just don’t out rite fail very often. It may be the built-in USB conversion board.

Or it could be toast. :frowning_face:

If it isn’t critical information (Financial or work related.) then it could be worse, and you’ve got nothing to lose tearing it apart.

If it is critical then I would seek out a data specialist.

I once had the controller board on an HDD burn out and I sent the board in to have the bios swapped to a donor board. The data was intact and I’m actually still using the drive. (Just a backup drive.)

It is always best practice to have your data backed up to redundant drives, and the low cost of drives today is an added incentive.


This is what I am/was using:

Agreed I do try and keep stuff on 2 or more things to be Backed Up.

What you Call Cheap?

The first HDD I bought from Best Buy (~1993) cost $300 for a 122 MB <<< Megabyte :astonished:

In 1989 a Seagate 20 MB MFM drive cost $230.

In 1990 a Maxtor 650 MB drive cost ~$1,994.

In 1995 a Samsung 1.2 GB HDD cost ~$250 - $300.

Now you can get a 4 Terabyte HDD for under $100.

Looking around my office can see 26 Backup drives in storage. (2 TB - 4TB each.)

I have 11 HDDs in my current “every day” PC (5 of 11 in an external hot swap enclosure.)

Hard drives are the new floppy. :grin:


Now do that same comparison but instead use the size of games and typical media and other data stored by a modern computer user.

In absolute terms things have gotten cheaper but with the deflation in drive prices and inflation in capacity we also have had great inflation of storage requirements, usage and data sizes. I do believe that things have improved in a real-world sense because now these things can be afforded by the masses, whereas they were extremely expensive and exclusive pieces of technology at their infancy but I guess many products start off that way before they become mass produced, mass market commodities.

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Can’t in Australia cheapest for 4tb be about $150

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Yeah, and money is money I know, and I understand. Still, from my perspective that is fairly inexpensive.

Like I was saying…

In 1993 Borland C++ came on 31 1,44 MB floppies. A hard drive big enough to house that, Windows 3.11, and have room to spare… was $2000. Being a developer in the 90’s was expensive.

Today an M.2 2TB drive costs $89. The OS, all of Adobe CC, and many other productivity applications etc. use only ~330 GB.

Games are huge but disposable.

For this community, rom collections can get incredibly huge… hence my external enclosure.

My current HTPC has 2 4TB drives for roms although neither are full. Any other media is on my Linux server, which has 5 4TB drives, an oddball 5TB drive, and the OS drive.

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Fair Enough but for me $100 is Expensive


Back to the original issue. If you can’t disassemble the enclosure yourself, a shop might do it for you, and test the drive. A USB 3.0 enclosure can go for as little as $7.99 on Amazon, if the inner drive still works.

You’ve got nothing to lose, and a data specialist will probably need to take the unit apart anyway.

BTW. A specialist will probably cost quite a bit more than $100 dollars so unless there is something really important on that drive, I would just take the loss and move on. Hopefully you have all the disposable info saved elsewhere.


I recently had an eight terrabyte drive fail on me, full of movies, comics, music, etc. Seagate too, none the less.

I was able to rip it out of the enclosure and plug it into a PC, but it was too far gone. I had a total data failure. I had a seagate fail on me once before like this, but pulling it out of the enclosure let me get data off of it - so 50/50 shot in my book on that one.

Moral of the story is buy smaller, cheaper drives, keep backups, and don’t buy seagates haha.

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I only buy 2TB Drives and in Australia the Price of those are about $100

I got plenty of other HDD that have most things on a Few of Them

My Mum said get a Bigger HDD and that Fails then lose lot more