So I had a Western Digital Caviar 500 gb HD (WD5000AADS) that was working for me for awhile but stopped mounting one day. I opened the case and noticed the SATA power connector was melted/burned and the port on the HD looks a little warped from it.
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I'm having trouble zeroing in on a solution. Is it likely that the contents of my hard drive are OK it just is the connector is fried? Is there an easy way to check to see if the drive can mount? I didn't want to try hooking it up because the port looks a little damaged. Can I remove part of it and put it in a different enclosure? Any help would be appreciated.
that and for safty i would replace the power supply. right now i check the 12v output of the power supply and make sure it not near 13v or higher. most good mb when there a dead short like that turn off.