Changing Temperature Worked
Thanks sea4th, your solution worked for me.
I had the same issue described in this thread (a wd 320gb drive stop working .. upon startup, drive started spinning ... then click click click .. then shut down .. repeat many times, then screen stating boot drive could not found, press F1 or F2). I replaced the drive, and then tried to recover data from the crashed drive.
I tried many things listed in this thread, including (*) trying two different external enclosures to see if the power supply was a problem, (*) tightening/squeezing the power connectors to make sure a solid power connection, (*) tapping the drive with a small hammer lightly while starting up to see if it would un-jam something, (*) twisting and moving the drive around while starting up, and starting it up at different angles, again to see if it would un-jam something. None of this worked. Same click-click-stop.
I was about to put it in the freezer for a while (which worked years ago for me on another problem drive), but decided to warm it as my next test. I put it in a toaster oven at low temperature (160 degrees) for 30 minutes .. assuming this would be low enough to not damage anything, and warm enough to expand metal to mimic a longer-running hard drive; selected 30 minutes to allow all parts to heat up. I connected the drive, and it worked ... suprised, but there it was .. external drive was recognized. I quickly copied important files, then copied the entire drive, and then shut the problem drive down and will use it as a door stop.
Again, thanks sea4th for the heating suggestion.
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