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My external harddrive won't start?

Posted on 2006-07-24
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I've had an external harddrive for quite some time. Just this morning i was going to connect it to my PC again but i took the wrong wire and put my laptop power wire into the harddrive. I took it out quickly and connected the real wire with the external put since then it won't start. It just blinks green, which it always does, like it has never done before. Is my external harddrive toasted. And if...can it be saved...somehow?

It's a Maxtor Personal Storage 3000 and something... :|

It's very important because all of my work is on it...
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Hopefully you only blew the IDE controller in the external unit.   You'll need to remove the hard drive from it, and try it either directly connected to an internal IDE connection (best option) or install it in another external case (this is a good one:  http://www.directron.com/pg380u2sl.html

... if the excess voltage also "fried" the drive electronics, then the above won't work;  and your best bet is to send the drive off to a professional data recovery company.   Gillware (www.gillware.com) is an excellent one, and is very reasonably priced (by data recovery standards -- $378.99).   They also have a "no recovery, no fee" policy, so it won't cost you anything if they can't get your data (but from what you've described they WILL be able to recover it all).
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