Any advice on fixing a portable hard drive (pictures) :(

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  1. iXdanXi

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    Hi guys,

    It worked fine for a while, then one day I went to use it and it wouldn't power on (The blue light wasn't lit).
    After replacing the power cable the blue light came on, but I couldn't hear the drive spin.
    I have taken it apart and everything inside the actual drive looks fine (seagate) , but outside the drive inside the portable casing I cant see anything that looks odd apart from a few gold pins.
    Any advice is appeciated.
    http://s21.postimg.org/zbi67w3p3/i_Omega_1.jpg
    http://s21.postimg.org/huinqisaf/i_Omega2.jpg
    http://s17.postimg.org/rasj7s8un/i_Omega3.jpg
    http://s23.postimg.org/sdi58um4r/i_Omega4.jpg

    Dan
     
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    Well any chance of fixing the portable hard drive went out the window when you opened up the hard drive itself. The internals of a mechanical drive are in a vacuum as part of the working environment. So unless you can get the correct seals etc from Seagate and have access to a vacuum cabinet etc your drive is definately broken now.
     
  3. iXdanXi

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    Damn, oh well, I think it was gone before I tried. Thanks for the know how.

    Dan
     
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    Although the drive is not in a vacuum, it is in a semi-sealed environment, as dust particles are enough to damage the heads. In fact, the heads float above the drive surface on a cushion of air.

    By opening the drive, you have killed it, as the mechanism is incredibly sensitive to disturbance. A recovery company could possibly repair it, but it is unlikely they could get much off it.

    Next time, make sure you replace the power cable with one of the correct voltage and current (My guess is this is why the drive would not spin up) and as soon as it starts to fail, take it to a recovery specialist, as they do not normally just get better.
     
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    On the off chance that the data on the drive was important, put the metal lid back onto the hard drive inside the enclosure immediately. Now try removing the drive itself from the enclosure and connecting it to your PC via a new SATA to USB bridge for < £8 delivered.

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    The existing USB bridge module at the rear of the drive should simply slide off, revealing a standard SATA power and data connectors.

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    If the drive does spin up with the power supply that comes with the new SATA to USB bridge, connect it to your computer and try to copy the data off.

    As mentioned by the others, breaking the seal on the drive will make it totally unreliable and it should be disposed off, after rescuing the data on it. However taking the lid off for a few minutes will not immediately destroy the data. Provided you haven't touched the round plates inside or breathed onto them, you stand a fair chance of copying some of your files off, provided the drive spins up.

    If it still doesn't spin up with the new power supply, there is one more thing you could do yourself, which is to replace the controller board on the underside of the hard drive. Unfortunately that would involve buying another hard drive of the same make and model.
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013

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