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"USB Hub Power Exceeded" upon connecting my ext HDD to any computer

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February 1, 2011 2:25:42 AM

I had a power surge while my external hard drive was plugged in, and upon restarting my desktop I recieved a "USB Hub Power Exceeded" error. I decided it might just be the computer, tried it on both of my laptops. Still not working. I was feeling depressed since hundreds of GB of music I've produced with other artists, and of my own work were gone, as well as movies, TV shows etc. that i had downloaded. I thought a while, and thought I'd try connecting it to my brother's Xbox 360, and voila, it connected perfectly. Too bad the Xbox is useless in accessing the files i need. So, I was reading online and read that I should get an AC powered USB hub, went out and bought 2 of them, neither worked blah blah blah. But since the HDD worked on my brother's Xbox, i know for a fact the files are still there, and the HDD is not completely broken. All I need is to find a way to access them and perhaps transfer them to another HDD. Suggestions?

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a b G Storage
February 1, 2011 2:43:55 AM

If i were you, i'd pull the hard drive out of it's external enclosure (since all external hard drives are basically an internal hard drive, stuck in an external case with a small adapter board to adapt the hard drive's interface (probably SATA) to USB. I've seen tons of those external enclosures crap out, and the drive inside them is perfectly fine.
a c 279 G Storage
February 1, 2011 12:12:07 PM

The damage may be to your USB port. Do you have another device that you can plug into it to test?
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a b G Storage
February 1, 2011 6:22:51 PM

He said he plugged it into another computer and got the same error there too. I'm going to venture a guess it's the external hard drive that has the problem.
February 11, 2011 9:49:02 PM

Best answer selected by gold phoenix.