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Solved: Un named portable hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dano_61, Jul 12, 2015.

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  1. dano_61

    dano_61 Thread Starter

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    Hello all

    I have a damaged portable hard drive, i bought it used and got many years out of it, the power light is not turning on but i can feel
    their is power going to it, there are no markings on the outside and i don't want open it and do further damage, i just want to get my music off of it

    Thank you

    Dan
     

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  2. Oddba11

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    Just curious, but if it's not working, how will knowing the name help?

    Most likely the enclosure (power circuit or controller) is faulty. As the drive isn't working, and isn't under warranty, opening it shouldn't be an issue. You can remove the actual HDD from the enclosure and install it into your computer, into another enclosure, or use an external USB adapter.
     
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    Thanks Jim

    If i knew the name i could look for support for the mfg , i think it is Seagate , what did you mean external usb adapter
     
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    It's out of warranty. The manufacturer won't offer any support.

    All external drives function the same, and if the drive isn't recognized by the computer, there isn't much you can do. Test on another computer just to rule out a PC issue. Aside from that, there are two options: 1) have it repaired/replaced under warranty, 2) pull it apart and try to test the bare drive.

    Most failures (when the drive hasn't been dropped) are enclosure faults. As noted above, the power circuit or controller. In which case, the drive is usually intact and will work fine.

    USB adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=sata_usb_adapter-_-12-156-102-_-Product
     
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    I don't think it is Seagate nor Western Digital. I have a huge 80GB WD similar in appearance BUT Seagate and WD put logos or words on the drive case.

    I'm looking at the old, round power connector and found a LaCie with what looks like the same type of power plug. (My WD uses a pin type, like a laptop uses).

    Count the holes on the power. Is it 5 or 6 pins?
    http://www.bixnet.com/acpoadfor3en.html
    http://www.bixnet.com/acpoadforexh.html
    I might be able to track it down by the power plug.

    I don't know what the old IOmegas looked like but the foot design on this matches
    http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Prestige-Desktop-External-34275/dp/B001D7REJ4
     
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    I finally got around to removing the case on the unit, it is a Seagate Barracude 7200.9, now how do i get the hard drive out
     
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    What do you mean? If you got the case off then you have the hard drive out. Or is there something still attached to the drive? If so I'd suspect a few screws on the side or bottom of it. If you are unsure take and post a picture.

    If you have access to a desktop to can connect it as a second drive and see if you can access the data.
     
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    still attached with 7 screws on the actual hard drive
     
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    No, everything you see in that picture IS the HARD DRIVE. Hard drives have circuit boards.
     
  11. dano_61

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    So it cant be removed from case ?
     
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    You're not getting it. You have already removed the hard drive from the USB case/enclosure. What you see is the complete hard drive. There is nothing more to remove.

    What are you trying to do?
     
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    I was told in a earlier post to remove the hard drive and install in my computer
     
  14. Triple6

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    And you have already done that. Now install it in a computer.
     
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    Looks awfully big to fit in my computer
     
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