HDD disappears after connecting to Laptop
I dropped my extrenal HDD to floor yesterday and since then it stopped working. It is a 1TB seagates HDD. I checked the blue light which is suppose to be stable but since the drop it is blinking. I tried to connect it with my desktop still the same. Tried to change the cable and it is still the same. When i connect the HDD to PC i hear USB connection sound on PC, it appears on Device manager then within seconds it disappears. I opened the external casing and removed the HDD, replace the USB chip with another HDD, and it works fine. What could be the problem in this case, is it repair able and can the data be recovered without any loss. I have like 10 yrs of photo collection on this HDD.