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I have an external 500GB drive. It was dropped. The blue light goes on, but it is blinking very fast. My Mac does not see it any more. It also does not seem to be making its normal noises (the motor or fan... ) it is just quiet with the blue light flashing very fast.

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You are hoping there is a reasonably inexpensive way to recover the data from your (let's face it) broken hard drive. There is not. If the data is really important, take the drive to the local computer repair shop and see if they can either fix it or recover the data. Be warned, it will cost nearly the cost of a new one for them to look at it and not fix it. Most decent places can do a forensic recovery of the data if it is of high value to you though. There are several .5 terabyte drives for around 60 dollars in the Sunday paper inserts, I noticed.
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