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WD external 500gb hard drive problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cak7200, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. cak7200

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    I went home from break from college and forgot my power chord to my external hard drive. I wanted to watch a movie on my drive and i found a power chord that fit except forgot to check to voltage. I gave the drive too much voltage. I think i burnt out my drive. I have a lot of valuable information on it so I need to get it working again. When I plug the real power chord a light flickers then goes off. I need to know how to fix the drive. Do I need to take it a part? Im pretty sure the hard drive it self will still be fine. Please Help me out!:confused:
     
  2. Elvandil

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    If the drive is undamaged, you can connect ti to a desktop with a converter.
     
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    What is a convertor? and where can I find one?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Remove the drive and see what size it is. Then get a converter from a computer store, newegg.com , or tigerdirect.com that will allow you to move it to the PC. It may be a 3.5" to IDE converter.
     
  5. kfinpgh

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    I am assuming you cooked the power supply for the external drive enclosure.

    If you are lucky, the drive is IDE. You could remove the hard drive from the external enclosure and connect it directly to your IDE controller.

    Make sure that both drives are jumpered for CS or you will need to make your internal drive the master and set the new drive as slave. Most hard drives have a jumper settings chart on the bottom.

    Most drives also have a notch on one side of the connector array. Align the key on the IDE cable to that notch. If there is no notch or key, find the pin 1 location by looking at the bottom of the hard drive. Turn the connector so the red stripe is aligned with pin 1.

    Align the ribbon cable connector to the pins on the back of the drive and push it onto the pins. Connect power.

    Your system should see both drives once it boots.

    As an alternative, buy an external drive case, remove the external drive from its case and install it into the new case. That may be the quickest and least hazardous option.
     
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