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I have a maxtor one touch 4 external 1 TB hard drive, it was knocked over to the floor for a total of a 2 foot drop. Since then it will not show up as a drive when connect through usb but show that a device has been added. Also a beeping noise keeps ringing out. I have almost 80% of that drive filled up, I really need to recovery that data, what can i do

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It appears that your device has crashed. There are hundred ways to recover data from a crashed hard-disk but none of them are for novices. You may try chilling the device inside a freezer and then connect to the PC. Don't forget to wrap the drive with a plastic so that the whole system remains air-tight while chilling and connecting. Please refer to experts on this matter if you are unable to recover.

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