Dead External Hard Drive

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.
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  1. Can you provide some details as to what you were doing when this happened? Please include system details too.
  2. i just plugged it in one day and it smelled like something had burnt up.
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    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:
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