I have a bit of a situation on my hands. I think it's hopeless, but I've got to try and get it resolved. This is extremely important, and I'd be willing to pay someone who could help me out.
I have an external hard drive that won't power up. So I took it apart and here's what I found:
It actually just uses a regular internal hard drive, and uses a standard IDE cable and the standard 4 pin power connector, so I know a little about what I'm working with. My first step is to try and see if the problem is with the actual hard drive or the enclosure.
So I pulled the hard drive out and hooked it up to my main PC here. When I turned the PC on with the hard drive plugged in, the whole PC just immediately shut down. OK, sounds like there's a problem with the hard drive itself then - that's not good. Just to confirm, I plugged in a regular CD ROM drive to the hard drive enclosure, uses same power pinout, and it works fine. So the enclosure is fine, I can put that to the side.
Now the hard drive. Like I mentioned, when I plug it in the PC and try to turn the PC on, the whole PC just immediately shuts down, like it's shorting it out or something.
The adapter on the supply for the drive has a little green light on it that comes on when power is supplied to something through that adapter, then it fades off when power is disconnected. It doesn't turn off immediately, but rather the light fades from green to off in a few seconds or so. However, when I plug in the hard drive in the enclosure, the light just turns to a faint flicker...
So my question, does any one have any clue what's wrong and is there anything I can do about it? This is a 200 GB hard drive. I had just MOVED my data ALL of it to this drive while I was re-arranging partitions on my PC. So I don't have this data anywhere except on this drive - and I have tons on stuff on there that is not replaceable. I've got roughy 1000 hours of my time in digital artwork that I've created, all my music, all my documents, bills, etc etc....
Any help or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.