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I was given a Fandom Drive case, but without the external power supply, where can I obtain a replacement? and is it more expensive than just purchasing a new externa case?

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Hi, the best solution for your problem is to go to the manufactueres website, check their sales page and locate a dealer near you. If as I suspect thee PSU is like most others you will be better off buying a new case with power supply. I have found the difference is only a matter of a few dollars. Regards mistyman

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My drive stopped connecting. Green light blinking fast

Try plugging it in to a different computer.
If it still fails, then the problem either is:
* power-supply (most external drives that have a 3.5-inch disk-drive inside require a power-supply; most that have a 2-inch disk-drive inside draw power from the USB port),
* adapter inside the external case (convert USB interface to SATA interface of the disk-drive) is failing,
* disk-drive inside the external case is failing.

Your best hope is that the disk-drive is OK.
Remove it from inside the external case,
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My black calvary external hard drive will not turn on.

as with most external hard drives there could be few reasons for that. I don't know your specific case, so bear with me; some of what i will propose here may not apply.

1. Some external drive cases rely solely on power coming from USB ports. If your case has no additional power supply, you may need to use dual usb input power cable such as:

2. If your case comes with a power supply, you may want to check it. One way to do that is by using a multimeter, but that's something not everyone has at home. You may try replacing that power supply with a different one that has the same output voltage, at least same current capabilities (in Ampers) and same connector.

3. If your power supply is working and good enough, you may want to check your external case. Do this by either:
a) replacing the drive that is already in the case, or
b) using a different cable to connect the physical harddrive that is in your case. There are kits that will help you do that, such as this one:

4. if your case is able to spin up a different drive, and the drive you previously had inside of that case would not start up even with the kit I gave you above, there is one extra thing you may want to give a go, assuming you have some very valuable data on that drive you would do anything for. At this point there is a very high chance this drive's electronic is fried. Note: this will only work with mechanical drives, that is - your drive must be a HDD, not an SSD. Hybrid drives won't work, either.
To recover your data you will need to buy an exact same drive (not a "similar one" - it has to be exactly same model) - an used one would do just fine. Once you have it in your possession, simply switch circuit boards. On HDD all your data is stored on physical disks that are inside of the HDD body and recovery is almost always possible (except when your drive is physically damaged).

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If it's the power adapter then a simple search of the internet should show you where to go to find one. The other problem is that the HDD may be bad. You'd have to open the case, remove the HDD then connect it to your computer. I'm sure this would void the warrenty. However if it is the HDD then you saved yourselp the cost of a power supply.

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My Verbatim external hard drive is not recognized by any of my computers. I have swapped cable. What can I do to get the data off this hard drive?

Is the new cable USB 2.0? Not all cables are equal. There are some cables with the correct connectors that do not even have the data wires passed through. they are described as charging cables.

It may sound foolish to ask, but is the power supply connected to the drive, plugged into power and switched on? You may not have disconnected it, but someone else or the cat may have.
Is there a switch on the drive casing?

Can you check the power supply and see if it is supplying 12 volts?

If none of this works, you could open up the case and remove the drive.
You could obtain a external drive case, and try it in that. That would give you a new cable and power supply so if the drive is ok, you should be able to access it.
It will almost certainly be a sata drive.

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I am in Europe and I used the wrong adapter to plug it in, even though it had a power converter built in. And, now it's fried, but I am wondering if the hard drive itself is ok, and I can send it in for...

The drive itself is probably safe. The power circuit board inside is usually toast when this happens. But given the low replacement cost of these external drives, it's probably not worth trying to get it repaired. I don't know if anyone besides the manufacturer would even try to service this. The cost of parts (if they can be obtained at all) and labor might approach that of a new drive. WD may offer a flat-rate repair service (likely they would just put your drive into a new housing), but I've never checked. Their website should list service options.

Your best course might be to remove the drive and check it by hooking it up in your computer. If it survived, order an external drive case from any of many online sources and put the drive into it. Otherwise you haven't wasted any more money on a repair.

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Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards

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You could buy another drive with the same specs and replace the circut underneath the drive with the circut from the new drive, then try it in your new enclosure

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I had the same problem - green light on power cord but when plugged in the green light would go off and the hard drive would do nothing. I took it into Geek Squad finally and it turned out that the problem was hard drive casing, which I had to have replaced.

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Hi John,

Had the same problem with a WD Elements 320 GB drive, and found a WD customer service number. They are sending me a FREE replacement. I have put the details on a message somewhere on this site, but can't direct you to it.

The number from Australia is : 1800 429 861 ( routed to Singapore )

Email Address : Western Digital Customer Service .

Send them details of your mailing address, drive model and serial number, and a description of your power supply. ( my power supply had a model number moulded on the back )

Hope this helps


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