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Uploaded: 24.09.2009 22:36
Categories: Other Computer Components

Yoshi - I picked up an external hdd it's power supply from recycling bin in hope of getting a working enclosure for one of my drives.

I picked up an external hdd it's power supply from recycling bin in hope of getting a working enclosure for one of my drives.

When I first started to test it out, I noticed a whizzing sound coming inside the power supply and the HDD didn't spin up properly. After short moment with multimeter it turned out that the power supply was not giving out the right voltages.

I cracked the casing open and noticed three popped capacitors. I replaced one with new, but the two others were too bulky to fit inside the housing. So here is the solution.

After testing it again, it turned out that the HDD itself was working. Now i have 400GB external HDD.


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25.09.2009 21:19 YoshiNope, this one was Packard Bell (altough same crap as WD's)
25.09.2009 16:17 isthejakelol yea
25.09.2009 15:11 Regusounds like wd external hdd
25.09.2009 02:22 zaketusMy brother had same problem with his external HDD. After trying all the tricks (freezer, owen and stuff :D), he gave power supply and usb-sata adapter to me. First thing I notised was that high pitched whine :S With oscilloscope I found out that problem was in power supply: 18v and spikes reaching 25v on 12v line :) 5V line was about 7v. After replaceing five caps I got myself good power supply for electronics.
24.09.2009 23:46 pctonyou could add/replace caps into enclosure too