I didn't know where to place this thread, so I'll just post it in this forum. Mods, please move it if you think this doesn't belong here. I have a Western Digital WD Elements 1TB external hard drive (USB 2.0, powered by a separate power adapter) that I purchased in 2010. It was working fine a couple of hours ago but my friend accidentally dropped it from the table (about 4 feet fall). The bottom case came off but I put it back. I didn't see any broken parts inside it. The drive was plugged into the power outlet, but it wasn't attached to any computer. I'm 90% sure that the drive wasn't spinning when it fell. Now, it is not recognized by my computer. The white light keeps blinking. I can feel the hard drive platter vibrate for about 5 seconds but then it stops. While the drive spins, I can feel some steady clicking on the case. The hard drive isn't being recognized in any computer. I've tried a different cable too but that doesn't work either. Please tell me what options I have. I have some important data that I need on one of the partitions (the other partition was time machine backup). Also, to keep it on topic with the forum, what drives do you recommend for future for about $100? I might get two drives this time just to be extra sure haha. I haven't heard many good things about WD drives. What do you guys recommend?