Last week my HDD apparently died. I could neither boot nor even read it when booting a live debian distro. When powering up the HDD, it makes the following sound:

I also tried to connect it as an external HDD and dmesg reported the following:

[114817.677736] usb 1-2: new high-speed USB device number 8 using xhci_hcd
[114817.807355] usb 1-2: New USB device found, idVendor=152d, idProduct=2338
[114817.807361] usb 1-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=5
[114817.807364] usb 1-2: Product: USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge
[114817.807366] usb 1-2: Manufacturer: JMicron
[114817.807368] usb 1-2: SerialNumber: 152D203380B6
[114817.808377] usb-storage 1-2:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
[114817.808568] scsi12 : usb-storage 1-2:1.0
[114818.806902] scsi 12:0:0:0: Direct-Access                                    PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 CCS
[114818.807114] sd 12:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
[114818.808349] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
[114818.808787] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Asking for cache data failed
[114818.808790] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[114818.811560] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI disk

I even tried dd if=/dev/sdc of=./sample bs=100M count=1 to see if I could read anything, but the resulting file was completely empty. Needless to say, no partitions are recognized at all and I cannot even format it.

Are these indicating a dead hard drive or is there any hope of being able to retrieve anything from it? Thankfully, I don't have anything of high importance to be retrieved.

The HDD was a 1000GB Seagate, bought in 2012.


That is the "click of death".

Aside from the off-chance it may start working if the drive electronics are replaced with a PCB from an IDENTICAL drive, the drive is dead -- replace it.

Some related SU questions you may want to check out:

  • 3
    Yes, indeed. Upvote. I always like to say that hard drives are like light bulbs: Whenever you turn one on be ready to say goodbye. But for me that's just a minor annoyance because I keep good backups. Another thing I like to say is that the best backup for a hard drive is another hard drive. – SDsolar May 12 '17 at 17:29
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Thank you very much for the answer and the links, I actually wanted additional information to get insight understanding. :) – Adama May 13 '17 at 9:09

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.