And always and I mean always copy a bum drive so you don't operate or test on the last drive that you have with the files you can't lose.
Free and Free to Try apps are over at http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7588_102-354911.html
If you can't lose the files, head to http://www.drivesavers.com
Hi! I have a Seagate 1.5 tb external usb 2.0 hard drive. The drive started making a clicking noise and I went and purchased a new drive, but when I went to transfer my data off of it and onto the new drive, my Windows 7 HP laptop (HP Pavilion DV6500US upgraded from Vista to 7) prompted me to format the drive before I could access the old hard drive. I have purchased Norton Ghost and Avanquest Disk Utilities Professional. I have not run either as of yet. I have downloaded from Seagate their diagnostic tool. It passed all of the tests that tool conducted except the smart test, which the tool said was unavailable. Any thoughts on how to recover my data without formatting my hd?