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Old 12-23-2008, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry External Hard Drive Woes

My brother has a Seagate FreeAgent drive and he went on a plane with it in his carry-on but they forced him to check his baggage, needless to say it is now broken (thanks TSA)

When it is plugged into the wall it doesn't turn on anymore, and when plugging in the mini-USB cable I noticed that the plug/socket was very wiggly and it could be moved deep inside the casing. I am not sure of the extent of the damage - if it is fixable, if the hard drive is unsalvageable, or what. Should I open it up and try to see if I should just transplant the drive into a new external enclosure, or do I need to RMA it to Seagate? What can I do about backing up the data?

No matter what happens those TSA tardbrains are getting a mouthful and beatdown

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Old 12-23-2008, 12:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say they should be the ones seeing it replaced while they likely were tough on it for security reasons. Some mention having simply taken the drive out of the casing and installed them internally to continue using them there. But external enclosures are priced low enough to see if the drive is still good. Newegg.com - $10 - $25, USB 2.0, External Enclosures, Hard Drives
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