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My external Had drive fell on the floor now its not reading the drive. Is there any way of retriving those files??

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Hard drives are like record players inside. The biggest difference is that the stylus is not supposed to touch the platters like record players do.
1. More than likely when the drive was dropped the stylus touched the platters. Once this happens, the read write heads on the stylus and also the platters become damaged. The drive at that point is no longer functional and will have to be sent to a drive recovery center to have data recovered. Now thats the worst case.
2. The best case is that the enclosure is damaged. If this is the problem you can just remove the drive thats inside by taking apart the enclosure and installing the drive in a computer or another enclosure.

Some of the external drives are IDE and some are SATA. Some are 3.5 drives like in most desktops and some are 2.5 like in most laptops. If its a SATA drive it doesnt matter what size the drive is. If its IDE you may need an adapter to put the drive into your computer.

Hope this helps.... Dale

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