I have recently bought a 2 TB Seagate external drive. Sadly, it was the kind that also needs a power cord, not just a USB cable and my foot got tangled in those cables and the drive flew off the desk and crash landed on the floor.
Now it seems to power on, because it does make a noise like it's turning on, but Windows and the BIOS won't detect it anymore, plus it has a kind of a looping click, and it seems to "struggle". Any chance I can get anything back from it?
I am considering taking it to a data recovery service but since it likely has mechanical damage, it would cost me between 160 and 640 Euros plus 24% VAT where I live. Any suggestions? Should I take it back for warranty or should I go with it directly to a recovery firm? It's pretty thorny, since I don't really know how bad it is. If it's real bad, taking it to the retailer might make it unrecoverable, because it is usually advisable to use it as little as possible after messing it up, and they won't care much about my data. If I take it to a recovery firm directly, they may open it for evaluation which might invalidate the warranty, plus, if the hard drive isn't completely fubared and taking it back for warranty would fix it, I would pay through the nose for a recovery that wasn't needed. Any suggestions?