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HARD DRIVE HELP PLEASE


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andrewsexton

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this website and need help urgently. I have a faulty hard drive apparently because one of the pins is missing adn that is why it wont work. Apparently I can still get the data off. Is there a way?

Please reply or email me at andrewjsexton@aol.com

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Jack123

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What are the details on this drive?

Is this an old drive from an old opeerating system (Win 95/98), that you are trying to install/use Win XP? - (what operating systems)

Usually there is a missing pin - (used as a keying pin) Look at cable end that plugs into the drive . . . does the blank spot line up with the missing pin?

What controller (#1 or #2).....master or slave . . . .proper jumpers?

Is this related to your 2nd post about a slow Win installation?

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Hi,

This was originally my main hard drive it is a Maxtor 80g with Windows XP Pro which was working fine. I know quite a bit about computers and a pin in missing for sure. Photo attached. Any ideas? Apparently the data can still be removed from the computer shop i took it too.

Andrew

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peterm

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if you are 100% the pin is missing get a pice of wire cut to length insert in in the IDE cable to line up with the pin it should make a connection
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Havent got any wire. Will a usb ide adaptor do the trick?

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You could try that but first off, I would look for some wire like peterm told you to do.

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Okay wheres the best pace to order this wire off the net? i'm from the UK.

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Just go to your local hardware shop for some gardening wire. See if it fits and cut off the right length.

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Is it poss to show me in a photo how to this. I was never any good at Electronics lol.

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If you have some gardening wire, just cut off a piece of about 1.5cm and stick it in the hole in your IDE cable. Make sure the peice of wire is longer than the rest of your pins so that it will make good contact with your HDD.

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or bit of a coat hanger if it fits some are thin wire
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Just use a piece of wire from a small paper clip, it's about the same size as the ide pin and can be easily cut to length.
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Hi,

Managed to set the 80g hard drive as a slave by using a wire. It recognises it but nothing happens after it starts up it just hangs. The 80g one does have xp pro same as my new 120g hard drive. Any ideas?

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when you set the disk as slave did you set the other disc as Master with slave
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