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Fried external hard drive

I need help in a bad, bad way.  My office recently got a 150GB external hard drive for me to transfer all of my work on to.  Until then I had been using my own personal 100GB hard drive.  To make a long story short, less than a week after moving all of my pictures to the 150, a power surge fried it.  Does anyone know of any way at all to recover the information on the drive?  That is six months worth of work I have just lost (no I didn’t make any CD or DVD back-ups, yes I’m an idiot).

by Laura Griffin at 2005-10-31 21:35:18 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) F.O.B. Salerno , Afghanistan | Bookmark | | Report spam→

You are the fourth person I know (including myself) that this has happened to over the last two months…

If it was a power surge the disk itself is probably not hurt, so your images should be safe. I’d look online to see if the manufacturer has a data recovery service (probably pricey), and then you would have to send it back to them.

One friend dealing with the problem though, was told by a tech guy here in India to buy a new external HD (the same exact model) and then just swap out the drive himself… I guess it depends on how willing you are to do something like that…

At least you have the U.S. postal service there.

by [former member] | 31 Oct 2005 22:10 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Do you know if it friend the actual HD or just the power connection? You can remove the HD and hook it up to your desktop PC as an internal HD and see if it’s there or not.


by Wayne Huang | 02 Nov 2005 13:11 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Thank you both very much.  I’m going to take my HD to some computer experts in Bagram AF to see if they can do just that.  I would try to do it myself (or have the Help Desk people here do it) if they had not manufactured the case so well.  The only way to get into it is by breaking some of the clips that hold the two pieces together.  In BAF they can manufacture a new cover for it.  Wish me luck.

Cheers

by Laura Griffin | 03 Nov 2005 05:11 | F.O.B. Salerno, Afghanistan | | Report spam→

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