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You could get a USB SATA caddie quite cheap. You can then attempt to read the drive from that. Those Green WD drives are notorious for burning out. It's said to be because they are always turning themselves off and on to save power. I fixed a drive that had important data by purchasing an identical working drive and transferring the circuit board. I was able to retrieve the data which was worth a lot more than the drive.
Your hard drive is probably dead. However there are stillhopes for hard drive datarecovery. Put the hard drive in a plastic bag to be compatible for the freezer. Freezingsometimes works to revive a dying hard drive, at least for a shorttime(Probable just about 20 minutes), but be sure that the bag is sealedtightly so that condensation and ice crystals don't form. Put it in yourfreezer for 24 hours that will do the trick. While it's still cold, plug itinto your computer. And you may be able to view it in 'my computer'. And youmay act quickly, because you may only have 20 minutes to recover your data offit and after that the hard drive is completely dead. If it fails, you will have to go to a recovery office where supply datarecovery service but let's hope not because it will cost you a lot of money andwhether they can recover data is not guaranteed. Here is a tutorial to guide you how torecover hard drive data.
first, check the power supply. If the light on it is of a bright stable green and there are no sound from it, the power supply should be healthy and we will turn toward the drive, else replacing it should fix your issue..
Sometimes, you can smell a "burn" smell near the connectors ar the back if things really went bad and the interface fried. If your drive operates on a smoking environment, you might not notice it as much.
Opening the casing and doing a visual exam of the interface to look for cracked chips and black burnt marks would allow us to confirm or not that the interface fried.
If it appears that it did fry, verify the hard drives electronic boards for the same signs. If they seem healthy, replacing the interface should get your drive running again.
If there are no sign that it fried, check the power switch to see if the soldering is loose or broken in some areas. Do the same verification with the power connector. If all is good on that side, replacing the power module or the whole interface card should bring power back to the drive.
If it is an "external" drive, you can open the casing, remove the disk-drive, and "transplant" the disk-drive into a new, "empty", enclosure (about $30 at any computer-store).
If it is an "internal" drive, you'll have to find an identical disk-drive, split the "electronic" circuit-board from the "spinning" part, on both drives, and then connect the "good" circuit-board to your disk-drive.
if you plugged or unplugged a HD to a computer when the computer is running, you have quite probably fried the HD *unless it's an EXTERNAL HD with a USB connection, which could be more resistant to this type of abuse).
I suggest you download SeaTools from Seagate and check the HD, but I think it;s pretty sure to say that it's gone
This Fixya will help you solve this problem. First of all your hard drive should be still ok but you will require to open the hard drive enclosure and replace the power supply (due to the wrong voltage tapping). Please feel free to follow these fixya's not only to recover your photos but get back a working hard drive!
Solution 1: Check fuses
1. Disconnect faulty enclosure from any mains supply
2. If power supply is INTERNAL you will have to OPEN the enclosure but BEFORE you do that WITH THE hard drive UNPLUGGED TURN ON the power switch to discharge the hard drive's internal power supply
2. Open the enclosure and check for any fuses on the inside. There should be one located close to the power swtich from inside. Change it with one of a similar rating because most probably this is the culprit.
3. Try and power up the drive THIS TIME WITH the CORRECT voltage tapping
4. If the power supply is EXTERNAL you do not need to open the enclosure, just change the power supply with a similar one and you should be up and running again.
Solution 2: But the fuse is ok but there is bbq smell when i opened the enclosure!
1. Ok this means that you will need to get hold of the internal hard drive.
2. If you have another computer check if the hard drive is still ok! Here is how:
- Turn off the computer
- Open case , #
- Hook it up to the Internal IDE cable and the internal power connector
- Turn on the computer.
- You should have this detected in my computer as a new hard drive and you
should be able to see all the data in it
2. But probably you still want this as external dont you? Ok buy another enclosure from a computer shop (this time you will just need an empty one)
3. Plug the hard drive in new enclosure. If you're not experienced enough just give it to them to hoook it up for you and FINALLY you should have the reincarnated buffalo hard drive functional again.
Hope this fixya was of help :)
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You have fried the enclosure. Replacing it or the dc in is not an option. Ideally , you need to extract the drive and hope the surge did not make it past the bridge board. I would seek out a more sturdy enclosure, preferably aluminum for hear dissapation. Try mounting the drive internally in a desktop and finding out is condition before spending money on a new enclosure.
Usually you can smell the drive for any hint of "electrical burn" once its been extracted, or trace the extent of the damage in the enclosure.