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HELP! My external hard drive has no power!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KaitlynC, Mar 4, 2012.

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  1. KaitlynC

    KaitlynC Thread Starter

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    Hi!

    I went to the lab to work on a digital photo project today and my external hard drive won't turn on! It is a Coltech and says "3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure" on it. It's one of the ones that has a USB and a power cord to plug into an outlet, and an on/off switch to turn on the power.

    So I plugged it in, put the USB into the iMAC I'm using, turned on the switch... and it won't turn on... no power at all... normally it makes little noises when it turns on, but nothing.

    I checked all the connections, both ends of the power cord and USB. I tried it in another iMac. I tried plugging a desk lamp into the wall to see if it was the electrical outlet... everything was fine...

    HELP! ... my project is due on tuesday and all my photos and work are on my external hard drive!

    Thanks!

    Kaitlyn
     
  2. Triple6

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    It might just be the power adapter or the enclosure that has died. You might be able to remove the hard drive from the enclosure and either install it internally in a computer or put it into a new enclosure. Most computer places sell enclosures if you need it in a hurry. Hopefully its not the hard drive inside the enclosure that has failed, in which case you hopefully have the all-important backups of your data.
     
  3. KaitlynC

    KaitlynC Thread Starter

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    Thank you! Thats reassuring at least... I have no idea how to do that, but I will get a tech guy at my university to help me tomorrow and hopefully he can figure it out. I don't have backups :S I guess if I lose it I've learned my lesson the hard way... hopefully not though. Thank you!
     
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    Good luck (y)
     
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