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brand new western digital hdd caught fire

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April 29, 2014 10:30:41 AM

Today while I was exporting a video to my hard drive on Adobe premiere my internal 1tb hard drive caught on fire. I bought this hard drive less than a week ago. Does anybody have any idea why it would catch on fire. Only that hard drive caught on fire. As soon as I unplugged the computer from the electricity the fire stopped. Here are some pictures

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a b G Storage
April 29, 2014 11:01:23 AM

That can be faulty cables or a bad power supply
a b G Storage
April 29, 2014 11:07:03 AM


Was it the smoke or the flames which alerted you to the problem
Window in you case?

This is the first time I have ever heard of a disk circuit board fire
I hope there was not any important data on it

What model & color is it so we can avoid them
Black, blue, green, red, purple ?

I would ask WD or their distributor for money to remove your pictures from this site

Mike Barnes
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a b G Storage
April 29, 2014 11:14:02 AM

To cause a fire it would surely have been electrical. What PSU do you have? The 5v rail might have overloaded it.


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a c 326 G Storage
April 29, 2014 1:14:34 PM

ISTM that the motor controller caught fire.

To determine whether this was caused by your PSU, measure the resistances of the following components:

If either diode is shorted, then this would point to an overvoltage on the associated supply rail.