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Did I kill my External Hard Drive?


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#1 andre_

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:56 AM

I recently replaced my motherboard (first time) and I think I got the USB connectors wrong or something. Anyway when I powered up and finally got everything to work, I attached my seagate external hard drive 500gb, and my mouse/keyboard stopped responding. As soon as I dc the hard drive the mouse/keyboard work fine. Today someone showed me that Id put the USB connectors on the motherboard around the wrong way.. Anyway I plugged the external hard drive into my laptop and it says it is malfunctioned and not recognized. It sometimes says this when I plug it into pc as well.. Have I fried the hard drive by connecting the usb cables incorrectly?? This is devastating because the hard drive literally has everything on it!!
Can I somehow replace the circuit board for it? I cant connect it directly to the pc either, the circuit board is not designed that way??

Any suggestions? Im in a bad spot with this.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:23 PM

Can I somehow replace the circuit board for it?

The odds of finding the EXACT same model, revision, and lot number will be next to impossible
You're lucky you didn't take out the motherboard with it.

I cant connect it directly to the pc either, the circuit board is not designed that way??

Not real clear on what you mean unless you're referring to SATA and IDE connections. Doesn't really matter. The drive is more than likely toast
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#3 andre_

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:45 PM

UPDATE: Everything is fine! :thumbsup:

Simple case of removing the screwed on adapter and connecting it directly to my pc... Looks like I'm back in business!!

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:49 PM

I don't know if I would condemn the drive yet. Pull the enclosure apart, remove the drive. Assuming a 3.5" drive it either has SATA or IDE connections. Any new motherboard should support it. You can try a USB-IDE/SATA converter as well.

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