11-30-2009 03:58 AM - edited 11-30-2009 05:29 AM
My External Desktop drive - 500GB model by Seagate (2GHJAVF8) has stopped working - approx 3 months old. initialization failure, constant green LED flashing - No noise. Obviously tried different PC - checked cables - Maybe the power plug to the drive has failed?? Need assistance or to return drive, I live in Ireland.
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12-02-2009 04:30 AM
I found that someone had plugged the wrong power cord and now the green light flashes quickly
when I connect it to the correct power source. It now doesn't work - one was 20v, one was 12v and expect that something has blown as a result. If you find out any more on what has happened to your, I would be really interested to hear - my comment is only a hunch.
12-05-2009 07:30 AM
I plugged my Laptop Power cable into my external desktop drive (A 500GB model in a screwless black plastic case). It was a simple accident, due to both the drive's power cable and my laptop connector being identical. I had over 400GB of music and movies on there - I have since ripped the drive out of the enclosure, without actually damaging anything, I plugged the Baracuda sata drive into my Desktop but the drive is as good as dead, The circuitry of the enclosure is fine though, I have tried my spare laptop sata drive on it and it works great.
I don't blame Seagate, It was my own fault, I have already gone and bought 3 new sata HDD, all from different maker's and enclosuer's to fit them in. Simple rule: MAKE MULTIPLE COPIES OF YOUR DATA ON MUTIPLE HARD DISKS! at the end, you'd expect these drives to withstand most common user mistakes.
12-08-2009 10:21 PM
12-09-2009 05:59 AM
Hi fzabkar ,
Interesting responce, Yes I would like my drive working again, even long enough to get my data off it. The power supply of the unit is fine and I always ran the mains for a surge protector.
I looked at the Diagram on the link above and have seen TVS diodes, to gain access to these I must remove the PCB and pull out the diodes (There are two labeled on the picture from the site, small black things..) using a sidecutters? I know nothing of soldering nor how to replace the diodes but I can try to remove them by pulling them out. If I am unsure I will certainly upload a photo.
Another question - If I bought the same model and removed the PCB and put it on the old one would that possibly fix it?
The Model Of the affected drive is:
BARRACUDA 500GB 7200. 12
12-09-2009 12:02 PM
12-10-2009 02:06 AM
I didn't remove the PCB yet, simply because I do not have the right tool at my possession, it looks like a micro 'Allen-Key' type screw, neither do I own a suitable small Sidecutters - Thanks for the advice, I think I understand a bit more, I Just need to 'snip' the pins. I don't think any other damage has occured, I obviously will treat the device with care, it is now in a antic-static bag and it always ran fom a good surge protected mains, a simple mistake led to this problem.
In the shop I purcahsed the unit, they are sold out and won't be getting any more, at least not before XMAS.
I am looking to buy a suitable sidecutters and tool to remove the PCB and I would rather post an image of the PCB before attempting anything, It's a shame you don't live around here!
12-10-2009 02:31 AM
I'm about to go out and get the gear now.
Will take a photo and post and wait to hear back on which one I need to cut.
If this doesn't work, do I scupper my chances of restoring using another method?
12-10-2009 04:29 AM