Powerboard On WD External HD

  babybell 14:38 17 Jun 2013

I plugged the wrong powerlead into by WD External HD and it stopped working. I have taken it to a local computer shop who ran some diagnostics and they have said they cannot even get the drive to spin, which leads them to believe that the power-board is busted.

They put me in contact with a local data recovery company and they have quoted between £300-£400.

Now, whilst the information on the disk would be great to have back, it is not essential, therefore I was wondering if this is something I can try to fix by myself.

How easy would it be to perhaps purchase a power-board from WD, or even get a 2nd hand one on Ebay and make the switch? Or could I get a power-board and get a specialist to make the switch for me?

  Chronos the 2nd 15:00 17 Jun 2013

If it is not essential then I am not sure why you want to bother. But as a challenge it maybe well worth doing. I broke the plastic part round the pins of the data port of an SSD at the weekend. I managed to find an old Sata HDD and cut away the bit I needed and super glue it in place. Result working SSD,will I trust it, very unlikely.

But the point of the story my repair was free. Yours could cost you money. Have a look here for a HDD PCB.

  Ian in Northampton 15:08 17 Jun 2013

What might work better is to try to source a secondhand unit and then swap your platter subassembly into it. A capable electronics guy should be able to do that - or to do it the way you sugest

  babybell 15:21 17 Jun 2013

Whilst the information contained on the drive isn't worth £300-£400 I've been quoted, there are still some photographs and videos on there that I would love to have back.

Will my life be ruined if I don't get them back - no, however, I would have a very happily family if I could get them back.

  Chronos the 2nd 15:39 17 Jun 2013

One can assume by your last post that you do not back up your personal stuff?

Have you removed the HDD from the caddy and connected it directly to internal power and data cables inside you case. I expect this has been tried by the engineer but I have known it to work, I have no idea why but worth a try surely?

  hastelloy 16:30 17 Jun 2013

Some years ago, I broke a pin on the power plug to a WD external HDD. I rang WD and they sent me a new power supply free of charge. The old one was way out of guarantee. Whether they would still follow this policy, I don't know but it might be worth a try?

  T0SH 16:36 20 Jun 2013

Have you tried removing the hard drive from it`s enclosure and connecting it as a second drive on a PC ?, If this allows access to the data on the drive then it is very simple to buy a new external drive enclosure with power supply from the likes of Amazon

Cheers HC

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