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HELP Faulty Hard drive??

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  1. lars7485

    lars7485 Thread Starter

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    Ok, so the other day, my external hard drive fell to the ground and I could not get it to turn back on. I tried again yesterday with no success. I ordered a SATA hard drive enclosure thinking it was just the hardware in my external hard drive that was bad. Well I went and plugged it into a SATA enclosure and all I get is 5 beeps as if its trying but nothing ends up happening....is it possible that the hard drive itself is done??? I have tons and tons of stuff on there that I cannot lose...Any help would be great guys. Thanks!
     
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    It is possible that the fall damaged the hard drive read/write heads, the hardware that positions the heads, and/or possibly the disc surfaces as well. This is particularly true if the drive was powered up at the time of the fall.

    If this is true, it will cost you big bucks to have a data recovery company take the drive apart and attempt to recover all or some of data from the the disc platters.
     
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    Well isnt that good news! I honestly dont remember if it was powered up at the time. And there is obviously nothing I can do to recover it myself?
     
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    Any DIY attempt to recover the data would still cost you some money and would not guarantee any success. You could also end up damaging the platters further, making professional recovery impossible.
     
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