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I have a Western Digital My Book? Essential Edition 2.0 1 TB USB Hard Drive Manufacturer Part: WDH1U10000N, and everything worked great for a month, then last night I dropped the drive accidentally from my desk to my floor(carpet). After this fall the drive would spin up, lights on, then stop turn off, lights still on. It didn't sound like there was a grinding noise, so I don't know what to do as I have some crucial data on there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Yeakis..!!..
itz probably not normal anymore..it do happen while boot up or when hdd gets power..hdd consists of one or more solid n heavy platter(s) like gramophone media/disk in miniature, which is spinning at more than 7200+ rpm just on a single pivot which is thick just around a dot pen's nib..there is one lens each on both side of the platter of abt 1mm probably..and the whole assembly do function somewhat alike gramophone....
nw u cn understand how highly balanced they r..due to time, illegal shut down, moving/shacking/thud/shock to the hdd while in activity, may cause damage to it..and the first n common symptom is either no activity or 'ticking' noise (like 'tuk tuk' or 'kirr kirr')..!!
do claim warranty..report as hdd dead..don't tell itz physically damaged..
try contacting ur system admin/vendor without delay....

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