WD Easy Store making clicking noise and not connecting
I've already attempted to use First Aid on disk utility. Since that is not working, I plan to take the drive to a data recovery service in my area, but I'm not sure if the drive is corrupted due to a virus or due to physical damage from being dropped a few times.
I did notice some issues with the drive after a fall and downloading PNG files from a suspicious website (both around the same time). The drive was slow and sometimes made clicking noises. My question is, would a virus or a fall make it harder for a data recovery service to retrieve my data? Or would they both have similar effects? I'm only interested in recovering a few important files before disposing of the drive.