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Well hard drives are vacuum sealed and precision instrument's. If you drop them things move inside and then bye bye drive. I was lucky as the drive worked long enough to get the data onto another drive. Then it died. Well another lesson in life that cost money. LOL. At the end of the day it is best not to drop any electronic equipment especially when it has moving parts. DOH

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I have the same drive I just sent mine back as a RMA and they sent me a new one, Good Luck!!

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