05-10-2009 09:36 PM
This is an FYI.
I've had an 200GB Seagate external hard drive for over five years.
3 weeks ago it failed to turn on completely and I thought I was in dire trouble since the drive had lots of music on it; in addition to other documents.
I had never abused the external hard drive and it had always stayed on my desk.
I finally decided to disassemble the drive enclosure using an online doc.
Luckily for me the drive was never damaged, but it seems the electronic enclosure around it for using it to connect to USB and fireware failed!
I was able to use the drive as an internal hard drive and I was able to get to all my files.
So, if you're looking at these boards and your drive is out of warranty and you feel the drive was fine up until the failure it could be that all you need to do is disassemble the external hard drive enclosure and see if the internal hard drive still works.
That saved me a bunch of money and heartache!