It began with an accidental fall yesterday while it was still connected to the computer. The fall wasnít much by comparison (About three and a half feet), and it did keep working while it was still plugged in (I was in the middle of a video clip that continued). However, when I restarted it, my practically brand new (Only a month or so old) laptop began to hang up and move very slowly. When I finally returned to my main Windows XP interface, it wouldnít detect the drive. Iíve disconnected and reconnected, and even tried on another computer, but nothing doing.
What happens is that you hear the driveís functions moving normally if you listen in, but then you connect it to the computer and it doesnít detect it, and only when I am about to turn it off it says ďLocal DiskĒ (when it was actually a named drive and everything).
The thing is that itís fallen a few times (maybe four, including one from a much greater height) in the past in similarly awkward situations and survived each time.
Here are a couple of things I plan on attempting when I get home (Iím at work right now):
1) Running Western-Digitalís Data Lifeguard Diagnostic to see if it detects it.
2) Perhaps using SpinRite if I can find a version in order to see if itíll detect it.
I would do anything to get my data back -- itís quite precious to me and the cost of the hard drive is a moot point (I donít care about warranties). If there is anything you could advise me for repair, Iíd be very grateful!