I had a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300 Gb put into enclosure and used it as external HD to store data. After I moved I accidentaly plugged a different AC adaptor into the enclosure. The original one has 12 v or so on output and the wrong one was 19 v. I smelled something burning and uplugged it. But since then HD doesn't spin up and computer doesn't show it. Computer Manager sees it as Not Initialized. I tried other enclosures since I thought it might have been only enlclosure that burned but nothing.
My question is: is it that plate with tiny wires (controller card, I guess?) that burned or data is gone too? It is very inmportant date. If I buy identical new HD can I swap that plate and get it working again? I am really desparate. Please, help!
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Re: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300 Gb - power problem
It really all depends on how far the damage is. I have swapped the controller board on a hard drive that had failed with one from an identical drive and was able to retrive the data. This is not a very common thing that works. Your data is most likly still entact on the platters. However, if the motor is damaged it would require expert and very expensive help to recover the data.
If you have access to being able to swap controllers then try it. This may get your data back.
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I have the same problem like yours right now. The on-board circuit of my Seagate Barracuda burned and I'm planning to buy new Seagate Barracuda with the same specifications, same model.. I will try to disassemble the circuit of the new one and connect it to the old hard drive to take a chance if it will work and retrieve my files. If it doesnt work, at least I try and I still have a new hard dist to store my new files.. If you want to do the same, you must be careful in handling the circuit board. It is very sensitive and can be damaged with just touching the components.. I recommend you to discharge static electricity of your hands by touching anything that is made of steel.. The steel will discharge static electricity, but still, to make sure you wont damage the circuit, just touch the circuit board on its sides.. Never touch any components, it will damage your circuit board.
I assume you want an external enclosure for this drive. Hard drives are built to standard dimensions and have the same power and data connectors, so any enclosure designed for a 3.5-inch IDE drive would work. Here's one I've bought several of for myself and others, and it's been reliable. There are many more available from many vendors. Just be sure you get one designed for IDE drives or that will take both IDE and SATA. If you get one meant for SATA only, the connectors inside won't fit your drive. Which enclosure you finally choose will depend on which you think is best (based on price, appearance, reviews, or whatever you look for), but any one will work.
They sure are !
You need an IDE or EIDE enclosure.
If you bought the enclosure very recently you may want to try taking it back and swapping it for another one
If its a big box store you might want to try the "it just doesn't work and I am clueless" routine
Seen that work quite a bit much to my dismay. Then the people usually get money back and go to another store to get the correct item.
It is quite easy, do not worry. You only need to bought and USB enclosure, here is a link to many products on ebay http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=p0.m37.l1313&satitle=hard+drive+enclosure+usb&category0=
then you have to connect your hard drive inside the enclosure and the enclosure to your computer using the usb cable and that's it. Just be carefull about the enclosure, I guess it is a Hard drive from a desktop, is in it? because some enclosure are for laptop's hard drive. Also you need to know if your hard drive is SATA or IDE, IDE is the normal gray bus cable with fourty some pins, and the SATA it is a really small cable (I do not use technicims to not confuse you even more).
Also, there are some adapters from IDE/SATA to USB that you can buy in your local computer store (do not go to bestbuy, compusa, ... they only sell external hd), or also get it from ebay. The only diference between the enclosure and the adapter is that the enclosure looks better :D, and the adapter is just a bunch of cables.
Initially, allow Windows to install automatically drivers or needed configuration, then perhaps you need to reboot.
Thereafter check if it can be seen in My Computer, otherwise, pls post back for any messages or errors.
Good luck and kind regards.