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Old 15-08-2019, 12:08 PM
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Fixable electronics gaff?

I'm rapidly running out of HD space again on my laptop, so I plugged one of the 3 external HDD's in to transfer a couple hundred gigs to storage.

Now, recall I need to wear new glasses...

Well, I plugged in the wrong power cable - either wrong polarity or wrong voltage because it spun up really fast and then pop...and that woeful acrid smell of a burnt out something.

If I can't get my electronical mojo happening or that of my electronical electrickem mate, can anything be done to recover the terabytes of stuff? It's a WD Book. Can the HDD itself be unmounted like a regular HDD and installed into a Desktop to transfer?
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Old 15-08-2019, 12:25 PM
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Hi Lewis

Try opening the case and see if it looks like a standard hard disk, if so, you may be in luck with just plugging in to a suitable adapter.

If not, contact the manufacturer, they may be able to point you in the right direction.

Good luck

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Old 15-08-2019, 01:08 PM
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+1 Open it up check what burnt. If the disk is intact you can mount it to any PC with a Sata/USB docking base. But if you say you heard something spinning real fast doesn't sound too good for the HD.
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