What is happening when your drive fall on the floor?
When a hard drive falls on the floor and stops working, it is likely that the internal components of the drive have been damaged. Hard drives contain several delicate mechanical parts, such as the read/write head, the spindle motor, and the platters (where the data is stored). A fall can cause any or all of these parts to become damaged, resulting in the drive failing to function properly or not at all. If the platters are damaged they may not spin or the head may not properly access the data anymore, making it impossible to retrieve the data stored in the drive.
In some cases, the data on the drive may still be recoverable by data recovery experts using specialized equipment, but it’s not guaranteed.
It’s also possible for the drive’s PCB(printed circuit board) being damaged, this can cause the drive not spinning, not being detected by the computer and other issues.
What can I do?
If a hard drive has been damaged as a result of falling and you need to recover the data, there are a few steps you can take:
Stop using the drive immediately: Continuing to use the drive may cause further damage, making data recovery more difficult or impossible.
Try using data recovery software: Data recovery software can often recover at least some of the data from a damaged drive, especially if the damage is not too severe. There are many data recovery software options available for both Windows and Mac systems.
Send the drive to a data recovery service: If the damage to the drive is severe, or if the data recovery software is not able to recover the data, it may be necessary to send the drive to a professional data recovery service. These services typically have specialized equipment and experienced technicians that can recover data from damaged drives, but they can be costly.
It’s important to note that these methods may not recover all the data, and there’s no guarantee that all the data can be recovered due to the nature of the physical damage and the possible internal failures that may have occurred.