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My 500gig iomega USB 2.0 external hard drive dropped off my chair and fell about a foot and a half now it is making a beeping sound and won't be recognized by mine or my roommates laptop. any chance of saving it or is the over 350 gig of data on it toast? would really like to save it.

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Base from the description of your problem a bi chance here is that drive is bad already , and since this is a external drive what you can do here first is to take it out from its USB enclosure and connect it directly to a computer and then check if it will be detected or not.
Because if this drive got detected when connected directly yo a computer you can still recover all the data inside it but if not and you still wont to recover and revive the drive you need to sen it to IOMEGA for repair.

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