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External Drive I have dropped my external drive and now it is not working. However, when I plug the wire in, it turns on for about 3 seconds. Also, when I pull out the cd/dvd drive a smell of something burning comes out. Please can you help me?

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Sounds like you broke something internally, and it is shorting out when you turn it on. I would suggest properly disposing the drive and buying a new one, as external drives are not worth fixing, and if it has a burning smell it is most defiantly a fire hazard.

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    no need to give you a low rating for telling you how it is...

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