Fried hard drive
Posted on 2006-04-24
My friend asked me to try and fix his laptop hard drive. What I think happened was, he tried connecting it to a USB to IDE cable. It was really for 3.5" hard drives, however it came with an adapter for 2.5" drives. However, he plugged the drive in after he plugged in the power, and it started smoking. He took it out and plugged it in the other way - upside-down, since laptop drives don't have that little plastic piece sticking out that forces it to be plugged in the right way. This seems to have fried it (since the power is in the IDE connector and it was plugged in the wrong way), and when I plugged it in the right way, the motor does not start up. I also tried putting it in the freezer for a few hours, and that didn't work either. I know I could pay for data recovery, however, I'm looking for a cheaper solution. Any help?