Recently I dropped my 4TB hard drive.

When I connect it to my Mac, the disk utility recognizes it but is unable to initialize it.

I ran ddrescue on it. The log says that all data is "unreadable".

Is there another option I could try to rescue my data besides bringing it to a local PC store? Or is my drive most likely not recoverable?

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  • Welcome to SU! If the hardware is damaged you can't solve the issue via software. You will need a specialized data recovery company. – Andrea Lazzarotto Oct 25 '16 at 12:11
  • Unfortunate, I'm afraid that @Andrea is right. Dropping a mechanical hard drive almost always damages an important piece of hardware inside. This is pretty bad because a third-party data recovery tool can rarely work and it could potentially do more harm than good when it comes to your data. I'd strongly recommend you turn to a professional data recovery company for assistance. They would be your best bet on getting any of your files back. :( Either way, doing data retrieving attempts by yourself is very dangerous when the drive is physically corrupted. Best of luck! Hope this helps. – SuperSoph_WD Oct 27 '16 at 7:53

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