Dropped my harddrive it powers on, is spinning, no clicking sounds, but windows does not recognize it? Can it be fixed?

Yesterday my seagate drive in an external enclosure fell about a foot off a small table. It worked initially atleast I was able to read stuff and copy from it. But then I tried writing some files and about 20 seconds in it says it could not find the specified device. I switched it off connected again and it said it found an unidentified device and was installing drivers for it. I Cant see the drive in my computer nor the device manager. The enclosure is fine I tried another hard drive in it, which worked as an external.

What possible element of the hard drive is damaged and can it be repaired?

Thank you!

PS I cannot connect it to a sata drive and check as this hard drive is from my malfunctioned computer which I'm not getting fixed anytime soon.
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  1. dhruv990 said:
    Yesterday my seagate drive in an external enclosure fell about a foot off a small table. It worked initially atleast I was able to read stuff and copy from it. But then I tried writing some files and about 20 seconds in it says it could not find the specified device. I switched it off connected again and it said it found an unidentified device and was installing drivers for it. I Cant see the drive in my computer nor the device manager. The enclosure is fine I tried another hard drive in it, which worked as an external.

    What possible element of the hard drive is damaged and can it be repaired?

    Thank you!

    PS I cannot connect it to a sata drive and check as this hard drive is from my malfunctioned computer which I'm not getting fixed anytime soon.


    Manufactorer plz?
  2. meowmix44 said:
    dhruv990 said:
    Yesterday my seagate drive in an external enclosure fell about a foot off a small table. It worked initially atleast I was able to read stuff and copy from it. But then I tried writing some files and about 20 seconds in it says it could not find the specified device. I switched it off connected again and it said it found an unidentified device and was installing drivers for it. I Cant see the drive in my computer nor the device manager. The enclosure is fine I tried another hard drive in it, which worked as an external.

    What possible element of the hard drive is damaged and can it be repaired?

    Thank you!

    PS I cannot connect it to a sata drive and check as this hard drive is from my malfunctioned computer which I'm not getting fixed anytime soon.


    Manufactorer plz?


    Seagate. Those new drives with the single 1Tb platter. Model ST1000MD003 give or take a zero. 3.5 inch drive.
  3. dhruv990 said:
    meowmix44 said:
    dhruv990 said:
    Yesterday my seagate drive in an external enclosure fell about a foot off a small table. It worked initially atleast I was able to read stuff and copy from it. But then I tried writing some files and about 20 seconds in it says it could not find the specified device. I switched it off connected again and it said it found an unidentified device and was installing drivers for it. I Cant see the drive in my computer nor the device manager. The enclosure is fine I tried another hard drive in it, which worked as an external.

    What possible element of the hard drive is damaged and can it be repaired?

    Thank you!

    PS I cannot connect it to a sata drive and check as this hard drive is from my malfunctioned computer which I'm not getting fixed anytime soon.


    Manufactorer plz?


    Seagate. Those new drives with the single 1Tb platter. Model ST1000MD003 give or take a zero. 3.5 inch drive.


    Seagate and any other manufactorer will tell you to RMA it. A HDD has alot of small sensitive parts unlike a SSD.
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