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Re: External Hard Drive
Do you need the data recovered?
Because if you dropped it and it's not working, it's probably been knocked out of alignment. It has platters that spin and are read just like a record player and they are very fragile.
One thing I have done before, and this is going to seem strange, but put it in a zip lock bag and then inside your freezer. Leave it in there for a few hours. Then take it out, and sometimes it will be recognized and you can get your data off.
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Hard drives are easily destroyed by dropping them. The drive cannot be fixed. There are companies that can retrieve data off faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
Hard drives are easily damaged when dropped. The clicking noise is known as "The click of death". This hard drive cannot be fixed. You need a new one. If you need to recover data from this hard drive, then there are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
You wont lose any contents of the external drive, but I would recommend to backup your laptop asap, which it looks like you were trying to do. Try to connect the external drive to another pc and see if it works, if it doesnt then you might need to purchase a new exteranl drive to backup you laptop. If it works then your laptop is having hardware/driver issues. Thats hard to say without testing it out. You might want to go to geeksquad but it will cost alot.
It sounds like your hard drive is damaged my friend. Hard drives are very, very dilicate pieces of machinary. The disk is paper thin and any sudden jarring, especiaiy dropping it creates a warp in the drive. Unplug it to prevent further damage.
Don't worry in many cases you can have the data retrieved from your hard drive by using this online company that I highly recommend:
Even though you may hear the motor turning in your external drive the drive may not be able to read the information on the platter(s) because the arm isn't working. This cannot be fixed; you'll have to buy another external drive. There are services that can retrieve the data on the broken drive. Google "data recovery services" and prepare to spend big bucks.
I am so happy to say that i HAD the exact same problem.
Its an issue with the drive disk itself. Long story short because i dropped the drive the the disk was no longer able to spin fast enough to start the drive (the beeping sound actually being the disk trying to start spinning.
After spending literally the last 4-5 hours looking for a solution I found a unusual method that basically either works, or it doesn't there's no it kind of works. what you need to do is unplug the drive, then plug it back in and start Vigorously spinning it whilst keeping the drive horizontal (similar to what you would do when your unscrewing a light bulb).
You have to try and do so simultaneously with the beep and it should "kick start" the drive (AND OBVIOUSLY DON'T LET THE WIRE DROP OUT AS YOUR SPINNING IT AS YOUR COMPUTER WONT RECOGNISE IT IF ITS NOT PLUGGED IN).
I Know this method sounds far fetched but put it this way, 15mins ago I was working out how im gonna get hundreds of pounds to restore this drive, Now, i've just finished copying my informations onto a laptop from the drive so i can take this piece of plastic **** back to the shop :D.......
Never again Seagate and Thank God for letting me find a solution.