Question about Iomega HDD External Desktop (32660) 80 GB Hard Drive

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I have an IOMEGA 60 GB HDD probably from 2003. Power supply input is 5V / 1A. I mistakenly plugged in 16V / 4.5A from IBM PC power Adapter. Any suggestions how I can extract data or which parts to substitute. Thanks Peter O'Donnell

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Just take the drive out and put it into a new enclosure would be your cheapest option to keep it portable

I label all my PSU's with a dymo label maker to try avoid the situation you just had (fingers crossed)

Or you could insert the drive into a computer that has a suitable interface eg. SATA or IDE

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Bob_computer is a VERY knowledgeable expert, and I concur.
(VERY knowledgeable!!)
I would also like to add if I may.

Depends how important the data is on your IOmega drive, as to how far you wish to go.

Inside the IOmega 60GB case is a laptop sized harddrive.
2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches, or 63.5mm)

The harddrive inside is an IDE harddrive.
(IDE is also referred to as ATA, EIDE, {Enhanced IDE}, and PATA.

PATA is Parallel ATA.
Name brought about to distinguish IDE drives from SATA drives.
Serial ATA)

The specifications state that it's an IDE harddrive inside,

Scroll down to the subheading - Supported ATA Modes:
DMA Modes: 0-2
UDMA Modes: 0-4

It's an IDE harddrive.

This is what an average 2.5 inch IDE harddrive looks like,

I would like you to click on the photo of the harddrive.
Looking at the enlarged photo, view the top.
In the middle at the top there are pins sticking up.

These pins fit into socket holes. The connector that has the female socket, that those pins fit into, is connected to a printed circuit board.

The printed circuit board, and the female socket, is located inside that external IOmega case.

You have to open the IOmega case, and take the 2.5 IDE harddrive out.
How to open the case?

Depends on what part number of IOmega 60GB external harddrive, we're talking about here.
There is a part number located on a label, on the case, or simply stamped on the case.

For a generic guide, all the external cases I've opened up are composed of two, or three parts.
Either a 'lid' comes off allowing access to the harddrive inside, or the case opens like a clamshell, or the case separates in the middle into two parts.

There are screws to remove to take the case apart.
IOmega doesn't want you to attempt repair, therefore the screws are hidden from plain view.

Usually under the label, or labels, are the screws. Most are Torx screws. A star shape. Size differs. Size 6 to 8 Torx seems to be used most often, with 10 coming in close.

Once you have access to the harddrive, use care in removing it. The back of the harddrive, is the opposite end of where the pins are located.

Pull (Gently) on the back of the harddrive to ease the pins out of the female socket.
The pins are about the thickness of a large needle, and will bend quite easily.

(Should you bend one, or more pins, you might try using a mechanical pencil, without the lead. The hole in the end of the pencil, is eased down over the bent pin. Bend the pin too far in trying to straighten it, and the pin might break off)

There is also the style of external enclosure (Case), that may also have a female socket connected to wires, which in turn are soldered to the printed circuit board.
The female socket is not directly attached to the circuit board.

Ease the female socket off of the pins of the harddrive.

Now you are ready to install the IDE harddrive, into an IDE external enclosure.
One example of such an external enclosure,

Just one example. If you go to look for external enclosures, look for - Harddrive Enclosure, then 2.5, then IDE/PATA.

There is one more thing I would like to offer, along with recovering your information off of that external harddrive, yourself.

This requires knowing about the basics of the mechanical, and electronic parts of a harddrive.

I will add this info in an additional comment.

Posted on May 17, 2010

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    joecoolvette May 17, 2010

    This is basic information about the workings of a Harddrive,

    I'll try to keep it short.

    Inside the harddrive case are Platters. They resemble CD disks.
    The Platters are usually made of glass, or metal.

    There are different numbers of Platters used, it depends on what the manufacturer's design, and how large the storage capacity of the harddrive is.
    Can be anywhere from 1 Platter to 6, and maybe more. A 60GB harddrive will usually have 3 Platters.

    The Platter/s rest on a Spindle. The Spindle goes right up through the middle of the Platters.
    The Platter/s spin on the spindle, just like an old LP record spins on a record player.
    There is a motor that spins the Spindle, therefore also spinning the Platter/s.

    Above, and below EACH Platter is a Read/Write Head.
    Does just what the name implies.
    The Read option of the head reads the information on the Platter.
    The Write option of the head writes information to the Platter.

    There is an Arm for both Read/Write Heads. One arm holds two Read/Write Heads.
    Again, one Read/Write Head above the Platter, one below the Platter.

    The Arms are connected to an Actuator. Designs vary for the Actuator motor.
    The Actuator motor moves the Read/Write Head across the Platter, and brings it back.
    (Illustrated workings on page 7 of the article. No animation )

    As you can read in the article, the Platters are divided a lot like a CD, or DVD disk.
    There are rings which go around in circles, (Tracks), and sections of each ring are divided again, (Sectors), on the Platter.

    The Read/Write Head goes directly to a Track, then to an individual Sector of that Track. (Page 8 of the article)

    To further illustrate,

    There is a magnetic medium applied to the top surface of the Platter, and to the bottom surface.
    The Write option of the Read/Write Head, arranges the magnetic media into a pattern of 0's and 1's.

    1 being ON.
    0 being OFF.
    This information is then read by the Read option of the Read/Write Head, and converted into a language the computer works with.

    IF, the over voltage applied by using the wrong AC adapter, burned out the Actuator motor, or the Spindle motor, your only recourse is to take it to professionals to extract the data.

    They will physically take the Platters out, and try to recover as much information as they can.

    Part of the reason is the environment they must have to take that harddrive apart.
    A 'Clean Room'.
    This is also a definite reason, that someone without a Clean Room should not take the harddrive apart.

    Harddrives are assembled in a Clean Room, with operators in suits that resemble an astronaut suit.
    The Platters are machined to a mirror finish.
    The Clean Room is 99.9 percent dust free.
    Something that cannot be accomplished at home.

    If you open the harddrive case to access the Platters at home, the harddrive has a matter of a few hours before it is no good.

    HOWEVER, on the bottom side of every harddrive is a printed circuit board.
    The printed circuit board can be changed out, with no detrimental change to the harddrive.
    This printed circuit board can be seen on Page 5 of the article.

    This would normally be the next thing to burn out, after the printed circuit board, located in the external case of the external harddrive.

    IF, upon inserting the harddrive into a new external enclosure, this would be the next thing to replace.
    Like I said, depends on how important that information is.

    Problem is THAT printed circuit board on the bottom of the harddrive, is matched to THAT part number of harddrive.
    Not THAT particular harddrive, but to the model series of that harddrive.
    You would need another harddrive like it, and borrow the printed circuit board off of the bottom.

    Pretty far fetched sounding I realize, but IOmega didn't make the harddrive.
    The harddrive is manufactured by a harddrive manufacturer.
    Another harddrive like it can be found.

    Might be a Hitachi harddrive, or Western Digital (WD), or Seagate, or any number of manufacturer.
    It isn't specifically a harddrive made specifically for IOmega. Would cost them too much.

    Give a few calls to professionals who recover information off of harddrives for pricing.
    I would add an hour, or two, to their original estimate, to arrive at a more realistic price.

    The price may make what bob-computer, and I have stated, seem more like a better approach.
    Have any questions regarding this, please post in a Comment.

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    joecoolvette May 17, 2010

    Yep. I need a proofreader!

    "IF, upon inserting the harddrive into a new external enclosure, this
    would be the next thing to replace.
    Like I said, depends on how
    important that information is."

    SHOULD read,

    "IF, upon inserting the harddrive into a new external enclosure, DOES NOT WORK, then the next part to replace is the printed circuit board, on the bottom of the harddrive"



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