Dropped Western Digital hard drive - help needed!

  mic__ 21:34 10 Jan 08

I have got a X-PRO external hard drive enclosure with a Western Digital WD1600JS 160GB hard drive.

Recently I knocked it off the table and it fell about 0.8m, whilst still plugged in. The hard drive actually disconnected from the internal connector in the enclosure upon impact. I wasn't reading on writing to the hard drive at the time but now it won't spin up. The sound that it makes when turned on can be located here:
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I have put the hdd in another computer and it made the same noises so I know it is a hard drive fault. Could freezing it help? What is the problem do you think?

Thanks for reading!

  woodchip 21:51 10 Jan 08

think it's caput

  johnnyrocker 23:19 10 Jan 08

i would think the arm has fallen off the disk.


  DieSse 00:08 11 Jan 08

Something has physically broken internally from the sound of it.

That will make it a total writeoff.

Freezing it and/or slapping it down (try both sides) quite hard onto a flat surface with a towel on it - are unlikely to fix it, but can't make it any worse than broken!

Since it's kaput - there's no harm in taking off the cover and looking inside if you're interested.

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