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CCT

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If you can disassemble it and the burning is in the interface panel or wiring of the enclosure, you might be able to get a Desktop adapter or another external case and use the drive.
 

CCT

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I it is under warranty, you can get it replaced BUT they will likely NOT get anything on that drive offloaded for you. You can ask however.

If it is out of warranty, you can take it to a shop and get them to disassemble it (if possible) and check the drive.
 

SNGX1275

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I'd say there is a pretty good chance your data is safe. Just something in the external's connections to the hd died. I wouldn't bet money that the data is fine, but my guess is it is. External hard drives are no different in the physical drive itself from internals. So you could open up the enclosure, pull out the drive, and if everything on it looks ok, connect it as an internal.
 
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