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Western digital external hard drive

So I accidently pluged a higer voltage converter into my western digital hd and have most likley cooked somthing inside besides my actual drive. My guess was a capacitor or some other componet. Is this fixible or shoudl I chalk it up for a loss? I still get power when I plug it in with its normal converter, but all it does is flash the on "light ring" on the front. I pulled off the housing and nothing seems to be burnt of broke, but then again I am not a small electronics guy. any Ideas?

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  • UXO21 Nov 12, 2007

    I have tried the original power source and hod no luck with it. I am not technical enough to open up my pc and swap hard drives, or at least had not considered that. Is that very hard? Do you think they have the same connection. I have a hp pavillion a1350n. For the WD to work I have to plug it into the outlet and the computer via the usb port. I really appreciate you getting back to me so quick.

  • UXO21 Nov 15, 2007

    Hey I have not had a chance to pull my pc hard drive yet but I will be trying it soon. I really really appreciate your help so far, you hae been very helpful. I will let you know how it turns out soon. Thanks again



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I would try the correct voltage adapter and see if you can get it working.

You could remove the hard drive from the myBook drive and plug it into a PC to see if the hard drive is damaged or if it is the electronics/pcb that is inside the myBook drive.

You might be able to salvage just the hard drive (use it internally) and throw away (or keep for parts) the rest of the case/parts of the myBook unit.


Posted on Nov 12, 2007

  • Mike McWhinney Nov 12, 2007

    It is not too difficult to remove the hard drive from the myBook drive.
    Just make sure that if it is an ATA drive (my guess it probably is a PATA and not a SATA), it should work in about any PC, especially a newer one that will natively work with a hard drive as huge as a 320GB one.




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