I have a Seagate 2TB external HDD which I've had for a while. I wanted to get into it to hopefully access some missing crypto keys thinking I might have a backup on there. While I was looking for the HDD and getting it out from where I had it stored, I accidentally dropped it on a concrete floor from a few feet up. I plugged it in to my desktop hoping it would still work which after I've done some research I realize was probably a dumb decision, but it is what it is.
After looking into how much it would probably be to send it to a place to hopefully recover the data, I decided that it wouldnt be worth the money considering the amount of crypto I cant access is the only thing I need from the drive. I started to disassemble the drive which was a lot easier than i thought it was going to be and discovered that the disks look fine at least from the naked eye, but the parts of the arm which contact the disk are mangled which is why I assume I couldn't read anything from the drive.
I began looking for a replacement arm thinking it would be simple enough to just drop a new one in and hopefully read the contents, but I am having difficulty finding an arm. I also thought maybe I will buy a broken hdd for parts and put the arm from that drive in, but I am hesitant due to the arm most likely being the most sensitive part and not even being able to use it.
Anyone out there have any options that I'm not thinking of? Am I even barking up the right tree? Am I hopeless at this point?