Why won’t my external hard drive power on after being connected to a faulty extension cord?

Adam Begin October 13, 2012
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Hi there,

I have a Western Media 500GB external hard drive which has stopped turning on when I plug it in. This happened after having it plugged into a faulty extension cord, which made it turn on and off repeatedly while plugged into my laptop.

Did I fry the drive? Is there something I can do to kickstart this thing? How else could I recover the data?

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