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Old 07-19-2009, 12:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, so i had a 500gb in a external enclosure. used it about a week ago fine. decided to plug it into my computer sata wise for faster transfer. plugged it in fine, on the same wire as a diff hd. worked for like thirty seconds then started smoking. i turned the power instantly off. so, looks like its dead. does seagate have warranty if its been over a year? or am i just screwed?

edit: just checked its still in warranty. just sucks i have data on there i hadn't backed up yet. actually haha i was plugging it in the backup the data faster (sata vs usb)

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Old 07-19-2009, 04:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Seagate 5-year ftw!

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Old 07-19-2009, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you can find a used HD just like it you might be able to swap out the circuit board and recover your data.
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What I'm interested to find out is, "Why was it smoking"?
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hope none of the smoke came from/went into the enclosure. Smoke particles are huge (as particles go), bigger than the gap between the head and the platters.

Only way to tell is to swap out the circuit board, as was suggested already.
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