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Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300 Gb - power problem

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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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  • a_chuvilina Jan 13, 2009

    Thanks! I'll try it because if there is a slight chance it's worth it.

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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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