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GaryRobsi

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Hi my laptop was running fine until I placed a magnet too close to the laptop and now my HDD don't work. The laptop was running at the time of the incident, I could still move the curser but couldn't click on anything (start ect). So I restarted the laptop and it wouldn't load Windows and the clacking from the HDD is much louder then it was. Is there anyway to fix this? Because I have very important data on that HDD.
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phillpower2

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Hi GaryRobsi :D
Can you start the computer in safe mode?
You may be able to recover the data by removing the HDD and placing it into a USB HDD enclosure.
You haven't listed the laptop details so we don't know if the HDD is the IDE or SATA type so I have provided a link to the 2 types;
SATA: http://www.novatech....xternal2.5.html
IDE: http://www.novatech....ech/ext2-u.html

and the clacking from the HDD is much louder then it was

Widely known as the click of death and suggests the HDD was ready to fail at any time, sorry to say but backing up the HDD needed to be a priority.

Is there anyway to fix this?

If the HDD has failed mechanically, no.

Because I have very important data on that HDD.

If you are able to loan an enclosure to try it would be better as there is no guarantee the data will be retrieved so it could lead to an unwanted expense, another less desirable option due to the high cost is using a data recovery service http://www.datarecov...a-recovery.aspx (an example only and I am not endorsing the company in any way).
For attempting to recover the data yourself try Recuva which has a good success rate http://download.cnet...4-10753287.html
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GaryRobsi

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Hi I could start the computer in safe mode and thanks for all your help. I just decided to buy a new HDD in the end. Thanks so much for your support!
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Thanks for the update, I am happy to hear you are back up and running :D
As you were able to start in safe mode there is a good chance you will be able to save the data on the HDD if you are able to loan an external USB HDD enclosure.
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