I mean physically moving the drive around. I've never dealt with external hard drives before. Just plugged this WD MyPassport to test the transfer rate.
At one point I 'safely ejected' the drive.
A minute later I decide to check the underside of the drive, not realizing the disk is still spinning. I lift the drive, rotating it upside down. I hear a sequence of three high pitched sounds. I couldn't determine whether that was an indication beep by an internal security feature or the head scratching the plate. The drive stopped and USB power is disconnected.
I reconnect it - it shows up fine - reads/writes. The drive was not reading/writing when I moved it.
Did I damage the drive?