or in the case. If it will connect directly to your PC, that would be a great test. Sometimes you can hear subtle sounds when a drive is struggling. Usually this happens when they first turn on. You hear a set of clicks that might repeat several times. If it's in your PC, Windows might recognize it by it's circuit board. There's always the chance you could get lucky and just have loosened some connection but you won't know without opening it. Good luck.
I have a hitachi touro 1tb external hd that fell less than 1.5 feet. Now my computer won't recognize it. Should I:
<div>1. Give up all hope and buy another,
2. Break in and connect the drive directly to my computer (removing the dc and usb switches of course), or
3. Find out if there is a way to fix it?