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a few years ago, I bought a Western Digital external drive to backup my photos & for my backups for my laptop. It's not very big compared to today's offerings but it contains a lot of my life. Also, any new programs, updates, etc. were sent there as my laptop doesn't have a lot of drive either.

In moving my laptop, the person doing the moving forgot there was an external drive attached. It fell about 2 feet to the floot & ever since makes a strange humming noise as though when something is turning it has a problem every other second or so....then the noise stops. However, when plugged in to the laptop with a USB cable, my computer does not recognize it. I've tried connecting it to the laptop & then turning it on - same thing.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! HELP????? There are photos on there that a precious to me. Guess I should have done something different....but what? So, now what do I do?

Thank you, in advance, for checking this out & trying to help me!
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It may seem like "overkill" to some, but not to me -- I have two external hard drives, each containing exactly the same data. I only used to have one external drive until I dropped one and it was totally wrecked. That served as a valuable lesson to me and I've had two ever since.

There are various file-recovery programs on the net, but they are quite useless unless your PC is able to recognise that the drive is plugged in.
I fear that this drive and the data on it is lost forever.
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