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My hard drive dropped on the floor and now it is making a click, click, click sound

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Its dislodged the read write heads and lost the FAT (file allocation table) so its probably now a paperweight

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Accidentally dropped it on the floor and now it starts but wont open


That clicking sound is called "the click of death" so the last part of your question is correct, it's broken; replacement is the only cure.

I don't know if you have access to a clean room, but that would be the only place you can open it without contaminating the drive.

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I fear that your hard disk (usb 2.0 or 3.0 ? your title indicates both) is dead. Dropping disks onto the floor is not good for them. Always keep back-ups of your data, and make them regularly.
I suggest you contact Seagate. They may replace the disk if it is within warranty. They also offer a data recovery service if your data is important (you will have to pay for this).
Read this article about dead hard disks:
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Dropped my Transcend Storejet25p 5oo gb on floor !


Your hard drive is damaged beyond repair.
When a hard disk makes a clicking sound and the computer does not detect it then the hard disk is faulty. This is commonly known as "The click of death".
There is no way of fixing this hard drive, if you need to recover your data, then there are companies that can recover data off faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.

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External hard drive- mechanical fault


Yes. Very expensive to get data. Most people take the loss.

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My PC recognizes my hard drive but it's making a ticking sound & it won't re-format. I'm running Win7 & have tried both reformat settings-NTFS and exFAT but there is not action at all....


I'm sorry to hear that your hard drive is having trouble. Based on your description of the "ticking sound" and the fact that the drive was dropped, the drive is probably physically damaged. Unfortunately, this means that your drive is failing in a way that isn't fixable; it will have to be replaced.

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if it is making a clicking sound then the arm which has the magnetic needle on it is malfunctioned. that clicking sound is caused by the device being dropped or banged hard against something. you will have to replace the drive. sorry to give you the bad news. I will save you the time by saying you will not be able to recover any data that is on the drive if it is click. 2 out of every hundred drives you will maybe be able to get the data back but then you considered very luck.

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Lightly Dropped Seagate 100GB External Hard Drive


Your not going to like this, but remember you did ask..
The only way to recover your data is to use a data recovery centre.
You can try this place if you are in the USA
This is not an endorsement of that particular company, but an idea of what you will be dealing with.

For the record, there is no such thing as a light drop when it comes to hdd's. The drive will have recorded the damage as a G-Force that can be read off the controller board at the factory and will not be covered under any warranty either.

Sorry for the bad news.

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Unfortunately, this probably means the read/write heads were jarred and can no longer function properly. That's usually fixable, but it's a very expensive fix because the parts are inside the hard drive and the data surfaces are very delicate... Most people are better off simply replacing the hard drive unless the data is absolutely vital.

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