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Old 09-20-2005, 02:34 AM   #1
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HD is dead / Do i have hope / what HD reaper tools i need?

HD is dead / Do i have hope / what HD reaper tools i need?

Please excuse my boor English.

44 pin 2.5” to PC 40 pin IDE (www mycableshop com/300x300/IDE4044_300.jpg ) internal and 2.5”/ 5.25" IDE to USB external kit (www ). I lose this green part ( needed for notebook hard drives) from last product & because I was to lazy to shutdown the computer to use internal kit, I take the first product, plug it to the notebook HD & then connect the USB IDE cable as it would connect to usual 5.25” drive, unfortunately, I did not pay attention & connected one of the connectors (or bought) wrong because they fit every way. It did not work.. so I try every possible combination, not thinking that this could damage hard drive - & surprise surprise – it did! Now when I installed notebook hard drive back – notebook did not even recognize hard drive from BIOS & like this would not be enough I did same thing whit next hard drive (first I thought that hard drive stop working on different reasons).

Anyway, I hope/think that only the electronic is screwed on HD, or could this totally erase everything I had on HD? How good are my chances that if I buy new similar hard drive – I get it up & running after I replace the electronic part? HD do not have any clicking sound or anything, just seems dead. One is IBM other one is Samsung
If I can not find exactly same HD, what are most important parameters besides shape I should look ( Size, cylinders, LBA etc)?
Do I need to set jumpers on 2.5” while I working whit IDE to USB adapter?

Because I do not have manual for eighter of them, I wonder what is the correct way to connect them, internal one have on one side “B” on left & Nr “1 ->” with arrow on right, other side of “B” I have “R”, and second tool USB IDE have just arrow on left & right & that’s all. How should I connect it??

I am tech @ my self, and I would be interested to buy hard drive reaper / recovery hard and software, and maybe training, what tools should I look for? I have huge box full of broken hard drives where I would like to try to fix / recover on training purposes.

Professional data recovery is way to expensive, but about how much my notebook HD reaper would cost me? I have there some documents I would like to get back, around 3-4 Gigs.

Thanks !
Old 09-25-2005, 01:34 PM   #2
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HD is dead / Do i have hope / what HD reaper tools i need?


With the used adapter, if wrong placed, you give some of the disk data pins connexions a electric power stream (red and black) very bad !!
The electric pin connexions a receiving data (not bad but do nothing).

Last time a the adapter was wrong placed, the disk was inside burned so i think you don't have luck this time.
A good reason to read the manual next time ...

To recover the data on the drive, you can try a 'dd' of the disk to a file
dd if=my_disk of=my_rescue_file.dd

Then, if it worked, you can try to mount the disk partitions.
The following tools (open-sources) may help to recover some files (pictures, pdf, zip and MS docs)
magicrescue :
foremost :

I think a professional recovery (with men in white and special material) is to expensive for common people like us (also for most of the industries en agencies). Only a couple of bourses can support such a recovery.

Good luck.


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