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I have a iomega 750 gig seagate 7200.10 barracuda external hard drive. it has stppoed working and by all accounts it is not getting power into it and the person I asked to retrieve my files said that it started to smoke so I still think that if I can get another identocal machine i can use the logic or controller boards and put them onto my olde drive to start it up or if i can buy an identical machine i can use the parts for similar use any help would be apppreciated.

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It depends upon what circuit board is burn't out. If the Iomega adapter circuit board is burnt out you may be able to remove the hard drive and put it into a new USB hard drive adapter case.
Before you purchase a new USB hard drive adapter case, remove the hard drive and test it with a USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If this computer detects it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files then the hard drive is OK.
If not then you need a new USB hard drive device.

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Hello,

Yes, you can do that, but that is if and only if the new one is exactly of the same type with the old one.
I am telling you this because I have actually tried it out before on a 4GB Maxtor before, just to retrieve my files.

But again, this is if and only if they are of the same type.

Also, be very careful when you are replacing/swapping the components as the slightest mistake can make you lose not just the old one but even the new one.

So, even though it is possible, but it is a very risky thing to do.

Then remember to keep any form of Magnet far from you during the whole process, because it can get ALL your data erased and even spoil the drive.

Let me know how it goes, I am very much interested.

Hope it helps you out.
Goodluck.

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