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My Verbatim #BC1TB hard drive seems to have died. It won't turn on.

I noticed it had not backed up for 10 days, and when I try turning on the power, it does not respond. I tried plugging it into a different outlet, but still nor response. How do I get my data off it, and is it recoverable?

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If this is a desktop, remove the side panel and blow it out using a shop vac in the blow mode. Blow out the dust and cobwebs. Worth a try. Jack

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It's possible the power supply died, however, there is a 3amp fuse on the slide in power unit that could have blown. I would check it before taking it to the recycling pile. If you mess with it be careful around capacitors, they'll hold a charge even if not connect to power for several days.

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This sounds suspiciously like a problem chronic to a certain type of power supply called a 'switcher' that uses a technique that employs high frequencies in the power conversion process and is caused almost always by the use of cheap capacitors in the path of high frequencies. The value of the capacitor shrinks from decay of the electrolytic solution used in these parts.
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Sounds like the power outage was a power surge and destroyed your printer, especially if your printer was not plugged into a power surge protector strip. Check with others in your apartment to see if they experienced the same. If so, your landlord may be responsible and can put in a claim. If your printer is still under warranty, contact Canon. Also, check to see if this item is covered by tenant insurance, if you have coverage. Hope this helps.

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