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I shorted my 40GB!!

What a wally! I inadvertently connected my Maxtor D540X-4D while power was on and there was a bit of a spark. I didn't try to connect it up again until recently. I connected it as the master first. It didn't work (no boot device detected). I then tried it as a slave to a working disk. It wasn't detected in Device Manager (XP) or in My Computer. I then bought a usb device to connect internal drives to a usb port...it fails to be recognised as a hard drive and can't be acessed. (the usb connector is recognised). This hard drive has many important files (family photos/projects/etc) which I know I should have backed up. Can anyone tell me whether I can fix the problem by replacing the PCB, or does it sound a bit more complicated? Thanks!

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Hi theres a couple of ways i can think of, 1st, buy a replacement board but needs to be the same model and just replace it. you might get a cheap one from ebay. 2nd, if you phone maxtor and tell them u have a faulty hard drive, with important files they ask you to send it to them and they give you a price to get the information off, i cant remember how much it was the last time but its possible. all the best, and gl retrieving the info.. John

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