Seagate FreeAgent Desk (External 1TB) wont power on

I left my external unattended for 5 minutes only to come back and see it sitting on the floor from being dropped. windows did give delayed write errors, so i shut down the computer i was working on and unplugged the drive.

now the HDD doesnt power on nor is it seen in windows. When i do give the HDD power it does try to "seek" but eventually stops. Even with that it doesnt detect in windows.

i do have important data and a crucial backup on it.

- is my HDD dead?

- if the HDD itself is safe, can i open the case and hook up the HDD itself to another computer and recover the data WITHOUT voiding the warranty?

if all else fails its back to seagate.
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