Remember our options are very limited on "CLICKERS."
The first thing to try is to put the hard drive into a new USB enclosure. This is not an offer to write about SATA, IDE and drive dimensions but changing the case is simple, cheap and worth a try.
Next stop is http://www.drivesavers.com
Hope there were no files without a backup there.
I dropped my Firelite USBFLB100 (100 GB Firelite) on the carpeted floor, and now when I plug it into my laptop's USB port, it starts to spin and seems normal, and my computer recognizes it, but when I go to My Computer and open the drive, the folders and files are very slow to start appearing, as if the drive can barely be read from (the green bar at the top in Windows 7 is constantly pulsing and crawling, as if it can't read the drive very well).
I'm not able to open any of the folders, and when I try to copy a folder or file to my computer, the Firelite starts to periodically click after a second of trying to spin, and with each click, the light at the top goes out, as if it's having a power short every time it tries to start the transfer or as if it's locking up inside in some way each time.
Any thoughts on where I should go from here? What could be wrong with it and what could I try? I have some precious files on the drive, but I definitely don't have the kind of money it takes to get it professionally looked at.
Any thoughts and ideas would be helpful since I don't really have any technical knowledge about external hard drives.