Thanks buddy for the reminder about the email address...that was pretty dumb of me! I thought I pasted a dumb old hotmail address, but I made a mistake. THANK YOU to the moderator for removing this for me!!
I exaggerated when I posted that it was "cracked in two"...the damage isn't that severe! The damage to my HD wasn’t the result of a serious blow or anything like that. I was transporting it back and forth to work without any protective case when USB connector broke off the external HD case it was in. It was dumb, but I carried it in my briefcase unprotected and it got damaged by contact with other stuff in the case. The damage is on the circuit board attached to the hard drive.
I can see a minute crack in the board, and it resulted in some burn damage on one of the resistors near the crack site. I wish I could just purchase a replacement board and put it on, but I am starting to learn that it isn’t that simple. Although there are not many files on the HD that are irreplaceable, I would love to be able to retrieve the whole Tb of music, videos, and tons of other items that are on it. If the price was reasonable, I would probably pay to get the data removed, but the prices I have seen for this service are out of reach for me.
I wonder would anyone reading this forum happen to have an old WD hard drive that they wouldn't mind parting with? If I knew that it would work to attach a board from an identical drive I would love to just "rent" someone's HD for a little while (This ain't gonna happen though!!). I was hoping that the WD company might be able to sell me one, but they apparently do not do this.
I would love to be able to get it going for just a couple hours to get what I need off of it...then I would simply toss it in the trash.
Would you or someone else be able to help me out in finding all the necessary info I will need to post when I search for an identical HD?