HP hd3000 Hard Drive Help requested.

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Found 1st Jun 2010
Don't know if anyone is familiar ith the above hard drive, but it is an external one that slots into my HP media centre. Last week, we tried to transfer some files to my daughters pc using the cables that we thought came with the hard drive and my pc. Unfortunaley it looks like we may have used the wrong power supply, as now the hard drive is dead! Tried to slot it back into my pc but nothing happens. Contacted HP to see if a replacement power unit was available for the hard drive, but they just emailed back to say it was out of warranty.

What I really want to know is has anyone had one of these and been able to open it to get at the internal hard drive so that the data can be extracted from it and also has anyone ever replaced the power unit inside the hard drive.

Any help appreciated.

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You would be best opening it up and trying to resurrect the drive for sure. It will just be a standard 3.5" drive, with any luck it will work fine. It could be IDE or SATA, although there is a good chance your PC will support both of these anyway.

If it does work and you want to get it back working as an external drive, just buy a new enclosure from Play or eBay etc. Chances are the board in the enclosure is what is broken rather than the physical hard drive.

Just be sure to test it in a Desktop computer before buying a new enclosure for the device, even though I think the drive should be okay there is always a chance that it could of b0rked the drive completely with no help of repair.

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You would be best opening it up and trying to resurrect the drive for … You would be best opening it up and trying to resurrect the drive for sure. It will just be a standard 3.5" drive, with any luck it will work fine. It could be IDE or SATA, although there is a good chance your PC will support both of these anyway.If it does work and you want to get it back working as an external drive, just buy a new enclosure from Play or eBay etc. Chances are the board in the enclosure is what is broken rather than the physical hard drive.Just be sure to test it in a Desktop computer before buying a new enclosure for the device, even though I think the drive should be okay there is always a chance that it could of b0rked the drive completely with no help of repair.



There doesn't appear to be an easy way of opening the unit, no screws showing seems to be a sealed unit, think we will have to smash it open, as carefully as possible to try to get the drive out of the casing.
Thanks.

Yeah you may have to pry it open ruining the enclosure in the act, but as it is out of warranty and not working.. All I can say is enjoy it lol, I know I would ;-)

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I think the vault at the bank of england will be easier to crack than the case of this unit.
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