Power on, Spin up, Click, click, pause, click again and spin down! If this is just your case,  the following information can be useful.

Suggested solutions:

The clicks in your drive can be due to the 4 reasons: faulty Pcb, Firmware, preamp/heads or scratched platters.

You should try the Pcb first, that you do by:

1.Buy a new/used drive or Pcb of the same harddrive model you got (WD1200JB).
2.Desolder the ROM chip (U12, red ring in the picture) on your old board.
3.Replace the chip on the new board.
4.Start up the drive and access your files.

If your drive still knocks or clicks after that, the problem is further down the line and not so easy to do without special tools.

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