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Anonymous
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December 25, 2004 12:34:35 AM

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Hello. After reconfiguring his computer and peripherals, my brother
connected the wrong AC adapter brick to his Buslink external USB 2.0
40 GB hard drive. It now appears that the device is fried because he
couldn't get it to work even after attaching the correct Buslink AC
adapter. The power light will momentarily flash on, but nothing after
that. I'd like to know if someone can predict the electronic outcome
of his predicament:

A). The USB enclosure is fried but the hard drive is OK.

B). The USB enclosure is OK but the hard drive is fried.

C). Both the enclosure and hard drive are fried.

If the hard drive is OK, would I be able to install the hard drive
into another enclosure, or is the Buslink 3.5" hard drive proprietary?

Any advice on this issue will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
Anonymous
a b G Storage
December 25, 2004 7:23:13 AM

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In comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage M.L. <me@privacy.net> wrote:
> Hello. After reconfiguring his computer and peripherals, my brother
> connected the wrong AC adapter brick to his Buslink external USB 2.0
> 40 GB hard drive. It now appears that the device is fried because he
> couldn't get it to work even after attaching the correct Buslink AC
> adapter. The power light will momentarily flash on, but nothing after
> that. I'd like to know if someone can predict the electronic outcome
> of his predicament:

> A). The USB enclosure is fried but the hard drive is OK.

> B). The USB enclosure is OK but the hard drive is fried.

> C). Both the enclosure and hard drive are fried.

> If the hard drive is OK, would I be able to install the hard drive
> into another enclosure, or is the Buslink 3.5" hard drive proprietary?

> Any advice on this issue will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.

Not enough data. What output rating is the correct and the wrong
AC adapter? It is impossible to tell anything without this
information.

Arno
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Anonymous
a b G Storage
December 25, 2004 8:50:56 AM

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On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 21:34:35 -0600, M.L. <me@privacy.net>
wrote:

>Hello. After reconfiguring his computer and peripherals, my brother
>connected the wrong AC adapter brick to his Buslink external USB 2.0
>40 GB hard drive. It now appears that the device is fried because he
>couldn't get it to work even after attaching the correct Buslink AC
>adapter. The power light will momentarily flash on, but nothing after
>that. I'd like to know if someone can predict the electronic outcome
>of his predicament:
>
>A). The USB enclosure is fried but the hard drive is OK.

Possible

>
>B). The USB enclosure is OK but the hard drive is fried.

Also possible

>C). Both the enclosure and hard drive are fried.

Also possible. This would be the most likely of the three
if the "wrong" adapter had significantly higher voltage and
drove one of the power inputs for the hard drive. Without
looking at the components it might be difficult to tell,
there are a number of ways to power one of those.


>If the hard drive is OK, would I be able to install the hard drive
>into another enclosure, or is the Buslink 3.5" hard drive proprietary?

It's not proprietary, you can install in another enclosure
providing the capacity of the drive doesn't exceed the
capacity of the encloser. Some enclosures didn't support
over 128GB, and I vaguely recall mention that some won't
support over 160GB, but that might be wrong.

>
>Any advice on this issue will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.

Remove the drive and try it in a desktop system. If it's
not showing up in the bios, check the jumpers. If it's
showing up but not useable in (Windows or whatever) run the
HDD manufacturer's diagnostics on it, available from their
(not Buslink's) website. If it passes diagnostics but still
isn't useable in the operating system you might try
formatting it.

As for the enclosure you might try connecting an old, known
working but non-valuable drive to it. Again consider that
is this is a semi-old enclosure you might need a drive
smaller than 128GB.

The other obvious alternative is to simply buy a new entire
enclosure with drive.
Related resources
December 25, 2004 11:47:21 PM

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"M.L." <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
news:6unps0h5cg3tbl64biggfr25s3t25nrd23@4ax.com...
> Hello. After reconfiguring his computer and peripherals, my brother
> connected the wrong AC adapter brick to his Buslink external USB 2.0
> 40 GB hard drive. It now appears that the device is fried because he
> couldn't get it to work even after attaching the correct Buslink AC
> adapter. The power light will momentarily flash on, but nothing after
> that. I'd like to know if someone can predict the electronic outcome
> of his predicament:
>
> A). The USB enclosure is fried but the hard drive is OK.
>
> B). The USB enclosure is OK but the hard drive is fried.
>
> C). Both the enclosure and hard drive are fried.
>
> If the hard drive is OK, would I be able to install the hard drive
> into another enclosure, or is the Buslink 3.5" hard drive proprietary?
>
> Any advice on this issue will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.


Sorry to say 'Fried' electronics have rules of their own, any one of your
three senarios are possible.
If the device is at all 'critical' it would be best to toss it as devices
subject to electrical surges are liable to 'let go' anytime.

But have a happy xmas anyway
Paul.
Anonymous
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December 26, 2004 1:53:36 AM

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On Sat, 25 Dec 2004 05:50:56 GMT, kony <spam@spam.com> wrote:

>On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 21:34:35 -0600, M.L. <me@privacy.net>
>wrote:
>
>>Hello. After reconfiguring his computer and peripherals, my brother
>>connected the wrong AC adapter brick to his Buslink external USB 2.0
>>40 GB hard drive. It now appears that the device is fried because he
>>couldn't get it to work even after attaching the correct Buslink AC
>>adapter. The power light will momentarily flash on, but nothing after
>>that. I'd like to know if someone can predict the electronic outcome
>>of his predicament:
>>
>>A). The USB enclosure is fried but the hard drive is OK.
>
>Possible
>
>>
>>B). The USB enclosure is OK but the hard drive is fried.
>
>Also possible
>
>>C). Both the enclosure and hard drive are fried.
>
>Also possible. This would be the most likely of the three
>if the "wrong" adapter had significantly higher voltage and
>drove one of the power inputs for the hard drive. Without
>looking at the components it might be difficult to tell,
>there are a number of ways to power one of those.
>
>
>>If the hard drive is OK, would I be able to install the hard drive
>>into another enclosure, or is the Buslink 3.5" hard drive proprietary?
>
>It's not proprietary, you can install in another enclosure
>providing the capacity of the drive doesn't exceed the
>capacity of the encloser. Some enclosures didn't support
>over 128GB, and I vaguely recall mention that some won't
>support over 160GB, but that might be wrong.
>
>>
>>Any advice on this issue will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
>
>Remove the drive and try it in a desktop system. If it's
>not showing up in the bios, check the jumpers. If it's
>showing up but not useable in (Windows or whatever) run the
>HDD manufacturer's diagnostics on it, available from their
>(not Buslink's) website. If it passes diagnostics but still
>isn't useable in the operating system you might try
>formatting it.
>
>As for the enclosure you might try connecting an old, known
>working but non-valuable drive to it. Again consider that
>is this is a semi-old enclosure you might need a drive
>smaller than 128GB.
>
>The other obvious alternative is to simply buy a new entire
>enclosure with drive.

Thanks to everyone who replied. I'd like to first try seeing if the
data can be saved. I'm glad to know the hard drive is transferable so
I'll try placing a good unused drive into the enclosure. If the
enclosure is dead he'll just have to buy a new one and hope the hard
drive didn't die with it.
Anonymous
a b G Storage
December 26, 2004 1:53:38 AM

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On Sat, 25 Dec 2004 20:47:21 +1300, "PC" <abuse@local.host> wrote:

>
>"M.L." <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
>news:6unps0h5cg3tbl64biggfr25s3t25nrd23@4ax.com...
>> Hello. After reconfiguring his computer and peripherals, my brother
>> connected the wrong AC adapter brick to his Buslink external USB 2.0
>> 40 GB hard drive. It now appears that the device is fried because he
>> couldn't get it to work even after attaching the correct Buslink AC
>> adapter. The power light will momentarily flash on, but nothing after
>> that. I'd like to know if someone can predict the electronic outcome
>> of his predicament:
>>
>> A). The USB enclosure is fried but the hard drive is OK.
>>
>> B). The USB enclosure is OK but the hard drive is fried.
>>
>> C). Both the enclosure and hard drive are fried.
>>
>> If the hard drive is OK, would I be able to install the hard drive
>> into another enclosure, or is the Buslink 3.5" hard drive proprietary?
>>
>> Any advice on this issue will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
>
>
>Sorry to say 'Fried' electronics have rules of their own, any one of your
>three senarios are possible.
>If the device is at all 'critical' it would be best to toss it as devices
>subject to electrical surges are liable to 'let go' anytime.
>
>But have a happy xmas anyway
>Paul.

And Happy Holidays to you too! I'm going to try some hardware trial
and error deduction as suggested in an earlier post before I give up.
!