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Safecom i have a usb external 2.5 hard drive i dropped it from a foot height and from that moment it makes a screeching sound and bleeps but does not sound like its spinning properly. does this mean all data is lost for ever or unrepairable?

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The phrase you are looking for is not economically repairable. I hope that nothing irreplaceable was stored on the drive? I have had cases where freezing the drive allows the platters to spin long enough to recover data, but that is very high risk. Make sure that the drive is sealed on a waterproof container and leave for a couple of hours.

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  2. Step 2 Install the external drive software from the CD that comes with your external hard drive.
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  • Step 3 Use the USB cable that came with your external hard drive and plug one end of the cable into your hard drive and the other into the USB port in your computer.
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