I recently dropped my hard drive, and now when I plug it into my laptop, the hard drive makes a quiet, beeping noise, and my laptop does not recognise it. I have many important files on there, including university essays, a lot of work etc. Is there any way I can fix this problem or recover my files? Thanks
It will cost some money(maybe a lot of money), but if the drive is mechanically broken(and is quite possibly is), then you best option to recover any useful data is to send it to a company that specializes in data recovery from failed hard drives. They can take the drive apart (in a clean room),remove the platters, and pull files from the actual platters. It can be expensive though.
Yeah! I also agree to try a data recovery tool at first. Nowadays, over the internet, you would easily get a pile of useful data recovery tools online. Just search "Data recovery tool" on Google.
Next time, always remember to make data backups.
Symptoms are clearly indicating that your hard drive is physically damaged. In physical damage the internal mechanical components of the hard drive comes in trouble as a result makes the data inaccessible. This type of failure strictly needs professional hands to tackle means a data recovery professional company can help you in best possible way to recover your lost data. You need to consult them as soon as possible. Also i would recommend you not to tamper with your drive.