I accidentally plugged in a higher voltage / amperage converter into my external harddrive a proceeded to download files over from my cpu. It worked for a while, but when I got back after a couple hours, the external hard drive wasn't spinning and I couldn't get the cpu to recognize the drive (usually under F
. The drive is a western digital 500 gb model that I got back in 07. It has worked fine up until this point.
I know the warranty and all that is void if I take it apart. I'm pretty sure they won't reimburse me anyway. As for the stuff on the drive, it's mainly music which I didn't have backed up anywhere else. I'd love to get the drive back up and running and get the music back. I'm not about to pay $1 K or more to send it off to a data recovery place, so I'll risk taking it apart if I can have a plan and some systems knowledge when I go in there.
I'm mainly looking for anyone's advice and am hoping maybe it's something as simple as a burn out motor or circuit that could be repaired. I don't know if there was any circuit protection on it anywhere so that the actual disc didn't get fried. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.