Steady clicking

The external HD has – I think – bitten the dust. It has been dropping connection intermittently, making the odd noise or three and last night started a regular clicking as if the drive head was flicking to the side. Today I get read / write errors. I grabbed a DOS based drive checker but couldn’t figure out just what to do. So I’m copying everything off – I’m watching the transfer and it goes well (but very slowly), I hear the click, the transfer falters as the head seeks out the correct track again – then I’ll format it and check again just in case it’s bad sectors? Paypal details found, email sent to company concerned and I wait and see I suppose…..
I hate not having backups.

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