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Dropped SmartDisk I accidentally dropped my external hard drive. The indicator light no longer comes on when the USB cable is plugged into the computer. Likewise th computer does not acknowledge the hard drive. The usual humming sound that is often generated by the hard drive has ceased. I took to Best Buy for repair but was told nothing could be done. I need help recovering my data. I accidently dropped my hard drive however it still spins but my computer does not recognize it nor doesit little blue light come on.... will i be able to recover my data?

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Open up the external drive and remove the hard drive from inside.

Get a 2.5inch to 3.5inch ide hard drive adapter, you will then be able to plug the hard drive into a desktop computer and check if the disk is still readable. If it is and you still want an external you can get an empty 2.5" external hard drive enclosure for fairly cheap and but the drive into it. Otherwise if you data is unreadable then get a new external and start over.

Most tech shops worth their weight have a few of these adapters lying around and may agree to check the drive for you for free if you bring them the bare drive.

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Depending upon how hard the jar was to the internal mechanism, the data may be salvageable. I would guess that the first problem is broken connections at the USB connector. This case is just snapped together with a laptop drive in it. Carefully open it up and look for anything broken.

Worse case scenerio, you can get an adapter to plug the drive into a standard IDE cable inside your tower system.
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