Solved Dead External Hard Drive Tags: Hard Drives Power External Hard Drive Storage Last response: September 13, 2011 5:14 AM in Storage Share dfeezy22 August 29, 2011 10:39:27 PM Hello, My external hard drive has died. I think it is a power problem but no one has been able to help me and Best Buy is going to charge me $100 to just take a look. Any help would be great. More about : dead external hard drive Ubrales a c 119 G Storage August 29, 2011 11:29:57 PM Can you provide some details as to what you were doing when this happened? Please include system details too. m 0 l dfeezy22 September 6, 2011 6:03:23 AM i just plugged it in one day and it smelled like something had burnt up. m 0 l Related resources Dead Buffalo External Hard Drive - Need Recovery Advice - Forum Is my external hard drive dead or can it be salvaged/saved? - Forum Is my External Hard Drive dead? - Forum Dead External Hard Drive? - Forum Iomega external hard drive is dead - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution fzabkar a c 303 G Storage September 6, 2011 9:54:19 AM It could be that the drive's TVS diode has shorted due to an overvoltage. If so, then there is often an easy, no-cost DIY fix. You will need to remove the drive from the case and upload a photo or scan of the drive's circuit board. You could also search for "TVS diode". Here are numerous photos that show the likely damage: http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/HDD/ Share dfeezy22 September 13, 2011 5:14:09 AM Best answer selected by dfeezy22. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Dead portable external hard drive?!? Forum External Hard drive dead? Forum How to tell if external hard drive is dead Forum External Hard Drive-How can I tell if it is really dead? Forum SolvedNeed feedback - dead laptop - using Hard Disk Drive on new computer Forum SolvedHow to repair a Dead Hard Drive? Forum SolvedCan I install Windows 8 onto an external hard drive? Forum SolvedMy Seagate External Hard Drive Forum SolvedBuffalo HD-PNTU3 External Hard Drive Not Seen Forum SolvedRoommate dropped my external hard drive Forum Solvedfrequent loud hard drive clicking! soon to be dead? Forum SolvedAccess to external hard drive Forum Solved1-3 second freezes when playing games that are on an external hard drive Forum SolvedExternal Hard Drive connected to router? Forum SolvedHard Drive nearly dead Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !