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is my hdd dying

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so I have a 200GB hdd I use in my HTPC and every now and then I will get DISK BOOT FAILURE, and if I disconnect the molex from the HDD and put it back in the problem goes away, and some times before the error it does, the, the . . . . . ticking sound of doom, does that mean the hdd is about to fail.

cause if it has I have to pull the data off it.
 
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maybe or could be a bad connector or cable...try a new cable first and check the connector is secure. If it wiggles or is not secure.. try a drop of hot glue.
 
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i bought a new cable but it does the same thing, it works for about a day and then tick tick tick i hear and then black screen comes up and then disk boot failure
 
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you could always run a disk check and see if theres any corrupt sections and if so section them off.
 
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The tick tick noise is always a bad sign.

I STRONGLY advise that you backup your data before you perform any form of test on the disk as this could stress your drive just enough to finally kill it.
 
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I tried it in an old dell and it didn't boot at all a few days ago

it gets stuck on the detecting hdd part.
 
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This is how my Seagate went. Started getting DISK BOOT ERROR and BOOT.xx NOT FOUND

Back up. Do it. Do it now if you still can.
 
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Sounds like it has served it's duty.

You might want to check the warranty on it. Some drives have five years and you could get a new one, maybe.
 

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Worse comes to worse, put it in the freezer inside a Ziplock bag, and then take it out after like 2 hours, run it, and backup as fast as you can.