Dropped (USB)External Portable Hard Drive
It’s not uncommon to hear of dropped external portable hard drive. You would actually be surprised as to how common this does happen. There are a few things that can increase (or perhaps diminish) your chances for a successful data recovery.
Regardless of the enclosure, internally hard drives are very delicate and have have very precise moving mechanical parts that need to function properly in order for your computer to access your data. A dropped external portable hard drive even from a short height can have serious consequences. If you do drop an external hard drive, and you hear any noises such as clicking, ticking, beeping or buzzing, there’s a good probability that some type of internal damage has occurred.
What Happens When a Hard Drive is Dropped?
In a perfect world a dropped external portable hard drive best case scenario would be damage to the external case and no internal damage. In the real world there usually is more internal damage. A common scenario could be the heads getting stuck to the platters due to the impact of the fall. This alone could prevent the hard drive from spinning, and could even do damage to the platters themselves.
When a hard drive is spinning, the read and write heads hover on a wisp of air approximately 1/10th of a human hair just above the surface. As you might imagine, a serious drop could cause the heads to make contact with the platters. If this happens while the drive is spinning, this could spell bad news. In some extreme cases, the damage can be so sever that it makes attempts at recovery difficult and even impossible in some instances.
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