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I had recently dropped my Iomega external hdd and now its making a click noise and wont read into my computer. What can i do to make it read again without losing my data? How do I fix this problem myself since I had opened it up

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You have physically damaged the hard drive beyond economic repair. you will have to send the drive to a specialist to recover any data on it.
good news is you can buy an internal hard drive to replace the damaged one.

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