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Dropped my external HDD while on.

I dropped my Comp USA external SATA drive enclosure (sku 333111) with a Maxtor 300GB SATA HDD (model 6V300F0) from about 1.5 ft. while on, and now when I turn it on I can here it go "bzzz" then it'll make an electronic gingle sound ending with a BBBBBZZZZZZZZ!!!!
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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  • sick-wit-it Nov 30, 2008

    Same thing happened to me. I hear the buzzing and then the sort-of "beep".... then it repeats. Over & over & over. Im trying the freezing thing. If it works I will come back and say it worked. If you dont see it... dont waste your time. Take it to a recovery center.

    I have a WD My Book Essential Edition 500

  • acrosstheame Dec 08, 2008

    i have a similar problem. my external drive (simpletech) fell off my bed. now it turns on just fine but theres a buzzz and then a repeated beep. after a while the beep stops but my computer no longer reads my drive. does this freezer approach work?

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All i can say is be gratefull that after dropping it you could get access to the data.. only suggestion is to backup all data from it immediately and replace it as it may fail and at that point your looking at a bill of £300 per hour for professional data recovery. It isn't possible for your to open your drive or do anything to locat or resolve any noises as they have to be kept airtight. a single spec of dust can damage the surface of the disk and the read / read heads..

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