After plugging in some hardware into a firewire card on my PC, when I started the PC there was a loud pop.
I'm only concerned about my 4 hard drives in the machine. I don't know where the pop came from, but it left a burnt plastic type smell. Can you suggest what part of the machine blew? Can it have damaged any of the drives (it was starting up at the time).
The hardware device has 2 firewire ports, one of which was connected to a mac, so there could have been a charge going through the cable (doh!).
I will buy a new machine but want the data on the disks. I just want some suggestions on things such as enclosures for my original hard drives. Are there any which can be daisy chained together so I can access all of them from say a laptop? And can I use an enclosure for a startup disk when plugged into a laptop? The startup disk is windows XP.