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What to do with a faulty portable harddrive

Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So my Western Digital MyBook failed a while ago, and I'm pretty sure it's not covered by any sort of Best Buy warranty since I purchased it a year ago. I believe the problem has something to do with the power supply, although I really have no way of knowing for certain.

While I'm not going to die if I lose the data on it, there is a shit-load of stuff on it like old emails and school files that I would really like to have back. Plus I think I'm going to reformat my laptop in a bit and I need a portable drive to back stuff up on.

Are there any resources that I can turn to to try and have it repaired? Does anyone have experience with WD's tech support?

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  • Oz K. FodrotskiOz K. Fodrotski Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Check the manufacturer warranty first -- some HDDs have warranties up to three years, if memory serves.

    As for retrieving the data yourself, try tossing it in the freezer for a few hours (in a waterproof plastic bag). If you have a desktop, I'd recommend pulling it from the housing and installing it in there post-freezing, otherwise, try hooking it up to your laptop at that point.

    That's the DIY-method, as far as professional recovery goes, I'm not much of a resource.

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  • meekermeeker Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    WD MyBooks have an external power brick so there is no internal power supply. Have you tried a new adapter?

    Alternatively, that black box has a normal 3.5" sata drive in it. You should be able to take it apart and slave the drive to your system internally.

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  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    meeker wrote: »
    WD MyBooks have an external power brick so there is no internal power supply. Have you tried a new adapter?

    Alternatively, that black box has a normal 3.5" sata drive in it. You should be able to take it apart and slave the drive to your system internally.

    Also, if you have a standard case that's a pain to crack open you can pick up a usb to ata converter at a lot of stores for cheap. It's not a bad investment actually, because you can test drives and hot swap without having to open your case.

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  • Sir Red of the MantiSir Red of the Manti Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Or get yourself another external enclosure and just do a transplant. The data should likely be there still.

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Is there any way to easily tell if it's the drive or the external power supply? When I plug it in, the light blinks rapidly at irregular intervals.

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