My Passport Essential 500 GB (USB2.0) has been damaged as a result of falling from 0.5 meters (drive was not connected then). Probably heads’ system is crashed.
I haven’t set password lock but I assume that drive data encryption is full time active even without setting password as Mabkay has written in another thread.
Will it be possible to retrieve data by replacing drive electronics board and heads if there is default hardcoded password to encrypt and decrypt data?
My additional question is: where is the parking place for heads in that drive? Whether is it outside the disc platter?
I would appreciate for all your help and advices!