I have received harddrives in the past by mail. Who were wrapped in a single layer of bubblewrap and put in a small brown box with no protection. Cringe. Harddisks worked fine. But a friend of mine dropped his western digital elements drive off a table about 4 ft after it was properly ejected and made no mechanical spinning sounds. I would guess the drive would safely park the heads. And although these drives are surrounded by 4 thick pieces of rubber and encased within a plastic shell. The drive wouldnt turn on after it fell. Why is this.
Do western digital drives have special protection like an extra latch that holds on to the HSA before first use?
Do western digital drives park their heads on or off the platters?
I have recorded the soft sound it makes when trying to turn it on. https://voca.ro/cvZ3t6RD6NN
What might have happened here?