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The heads on my harddrive move back and fourth constantly

\015 The heads on my harddrive move back and fourth over the platters and does not load anything. the harddrive is a 40 gb maxtor diamond max plus 8 that came out of a compaq evo is there anyway to fix this because i dont want to spend a large amount of money on a new harddrive and windows program\015

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Try to access it from another computer through a USB adapter. See if the files can be read. This will tell you if the drive is bad or good
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