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External harddrive not working, burning smell, can I retrive my data or repair it?

Q: External harddrive not working, burning smell, can I retrive my data or repair it?

I have a LaCie 500gb external harddrive that I use to back up my laptop and store large files. It has its own power supply and connects to my computer by USB. The other day I plugged it into the power supply and noticed it wouldnt turn on and there was an electrical burning smell coming from the plug on the harddrive. Is it possible that it is just the plug damaged and my data is still ok? Can I remove the data from the harddrive somehow? Would it be worth trying to get someone to repair it or should I just buy a new one?

I don't know alot about this sort of thing and any help is greatly appreciated!

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A:Burning Smell

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A:Burning smell

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hi there

it sounds to me that the main cooling fan has become inefficient, usually due to build up of dust and hair etc, stopping it revolving to cool well enough or even stopping it completely

i would say that you need to at least get the fan out and clean it, then reassemble and ensure its kicking in as it should by listening for activity from it or leaving the cover off, booting up the machine and watching for the fan movement

however if you have any doubts about doing this yourself, i'd definitely get it looked at professionally, a reputable repair company should easily be able to find the issue and responsibly sort it, overheating is one of the most common laptop hardware faults and as such is likely to be their bread and butter :-)
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A:Burning Smell, Smoke

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A:smell of burning dust coming from computer

Hello TC,

Have you already gave the inside of your case a good cleaning and blowing out any dust?

How does the PSU look? Don't open the PSU because it can electrocute you even when unplugged. Only look through the grill.
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A:WD External Harddrive Not Working

try to start windows without the drive...when windows boot successfully plug the drive in the usb port and check what happens.....scan ur laptop and desktop in case of a malware....
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A:Computer doesn't work after crash/burning smell

Firstly, don't attempt to turn it on anymore, as you're most likely cause more damage, each time, you do so.
Secondly, it's rather impossible to diagnose on line what's going on inside the case.
Your best option is to bring it to a pro shop.
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A:Computer doesn't work after crash/burning smell

Sounds like you may have fried the power supply. Remove the covers and see how much crap is covering all the components. A can of air blaster works good to clean out heatsinks and fans. Do any work with the power unplugged then carefully turn it on and see if you can see what is cooking in there.
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A:Operating System not found - dead HD ? retrive data !

premb said:

I need to get some data restored from this HD (or the entire HD working preferably)Click to expand...

1) The first thing you need to find out is whether the HD is gone to heaven. If you have an XP CD put it in the drive and boot from it, you will get an option to repair a damaged install, if windows is found and its repairable your done.

2) If however windows isnt found and the HD has indeed died then dont you wish you had backed up your important data, sorry to sound hard but it should be second nature to any PC user to remember the golden rule.

3) If you dont have an XP disk then download a boot disk from here, use this disk to see if your HD is showing, if it does then use the disk to get your files of (assuming they will fit on a floppy). If however with the floppy the HD doesnt show see point number 2.

4) If the files are to big and the disk is recoverable then get hold of a 2.5 to 3.5 HD adaptor from any PC spares shop, slave the drive to a PC and pull the files off it, you will need to change ownership of the HD on the PC to access it, oh and it must be running XP or 2K.

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I know very little about laptops but if you could complete this tutorial with your external drive plugged in it will help others help you.

By Golden:

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A:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

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A:[SOLVED] External screen switch not working in Boot /Win System repair

You may not be able to do this, as you probably need Windows to load to use the second screen. You have already tried the F4 key, which might have worked. Have you tried F4 without holding down the FN key as well?

What you could try is to close the laptop lid, with the second monitor plugged in. The might detect this and use the second screen.

Testing this with the HP laptop I have here, it looks like you are out of luck, as the dual-screen functionality does not seem to work during boot or inside Windows Recovery Options.


Originally Posted by nejmeg

...Since the laptop is nearly 4 years old investing in a new screen would be like lottery, not sure how long the laptop will keep running
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The age of a system is not an indication that it will randomly break or stop working, and even if it did, four years is nothing for computer systems. The system that I am using right now is four years old and I have no doubt that it will keep kicking for many years to come.

Unless a system is damaged, pushed around, or maybe made to work at 100% for 100% of the time (unlikely), then it should keep going. Regular maintenance can help reduce the chance of things going wrong. Of course, there are some components that do wear down overtime, but four years? Unless there was a problem with the build or something wrong with a component, then it should last longer than that. This can depend on the quality of the components and how you use the system. For example, a case fan or the hard drive may start to pack up within four years, but they might also keep going for a decade or more.

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iLLegaL89 said:


i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz helpClick to expand...

Well, generally all the office suits are backward there's should not be any problem. Can you open that word file(s) on the old PC (World 97 as u mentioned?) If it is so, you might have some problem with this new PC office suit.
Try, making copy of the old files in old PC using save as or may be you can convert doc files (if you don't have some hi level formating) to rtf files. That can be opened in Wordpad comes with every Windows OS.
This might help, i guess..
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A:PC repair - removing harddrive

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