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@mooshoe@fosstodon.org @Wingy The clicking sound is the head trying to find a specific track on the drive. It could be that the drive was able to relocate the damaged data and that is why you don't hear the clicking anymore.

Often times, though, these symptoms come just before the drive gives up forever.

It's always important to backup your data, it's now double important for you. If this were my computer I'd also be safe and migrate to an SSD as those can withstand most drops.

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