Solved external harddrive stopped working

February 8, 2014 at 14:25:00
Specs: Windows 8.1
I want to know if there is anyway to get the data from external harddrive which wont power up at all

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February 8, 2014 at 14:45:43
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Do you know the reason for the hard drive not working? If it has really important information on it, you could pay a professional company to do it for you, but this can cost upwards of $1000. Otherwise, your other option is to invent a time machine, go into the past, and back up the contents of the drive. (or just not destroy the drive...)

I'm sure someone else will suggest opening up the drive and trying to fix it, which you could do, but most likely if you know nothing about the inner workings of hard drives it will probably do more harm than good.

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February 8, 2014 at 15:08:33
the power supply wires were shorting on each other as someone had decided to take my good cord and replace with their s---ty cord and ever since then....nothing

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February 8, 2014 at 15:12:20
For starters; does the drive's power light display?
Does it make any noises?

What type of hard drive: a USB-powered portable (2.5") drive, or a mains-powered 3.5" drive?

If the latter, the power brick could be faulty, or with either (fingers crossed), the HDD may actually be ok and the fault may lie within the caddy circuitry.

To eliminate this possibility - once other options have been explored, - the drive would have to be removed from its existing caddy and powered up using another, or via a simple connector.
Alternatively it could be hooked up and tested as an internal drive in a desktop PC.

Post back with some more info, so we can attempt a more accurate prognosis.

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February 8, 2014 at 16:11:12
yes the light working but no noises it mains powered 1tb sata ive also tried the caddy off my 2 tb which didnt work either

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February 8, 2014 at 17:12:37
the power supply wires were shorting on each other

Are you sure about that. If that were the case you would get no lights at all as a fuse would blow or something else would burn out. Short circuits are a death blow to electrical circuits.

Did you actually change the power cord?


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