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Solved I need help finding an adapter for a laptop HDD

November 24, 2012 at 22:05:13
Specs: Windows 7, 2.81 Core2Duo with 6GB

I'm trying to do file recovery on the hard drive of an old laptop for a client but I can't seem to find the right adapter for it anywhere I Google. It's an old 40 GB Seagate Momentus. I ordered the Rosewill RCW-616 but that was wrong. The hard drive I have needs to slide into a port, not plug prongs like an IDE. The exact model number is ST9408114A. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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November 26, 2012 at 00:01:50

It's an old drive so there is the possibility it has failed, of course. As OTheHill says, IDE drives will have jumpers on them, on your drive the pins are a set of 4 to the right of the multi-pin connector. If you are using a USB caddy then they need to be set as master, for a secondary drive direct-connected they need to be slave if you are sharing the same IDE cable as your main drive. There should be a picture on the labels showing the jumper layout, otherwise you can get the manuals from here:

http://www.seagate.com/support/disc...

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd



#1
November 25, 2012 at 00:07:57

If you check the harddrive again you should find that it already has an adapter on it. If you pull the black plastic strip away you will find the standard pins underneath.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#2
November 25, 2012 at 08:42:44

Now, I got the HDD hooked up, but my computer still won't recognize it. I can't even get past Post if I plug it in before booting up.

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#3
November 25, 2012 at 14:44:16

Is this drive a SATA or IDE?

If you are connecting the client drive as a secondary drive, not the boot drive, and the system won't post you either have the jumpers on the IDE set wrong, or the drive is defective. Try connecting ONLY power to see if the drive will spin up.


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November 26, 2012 at 00:01:50
✔ Best Answer

It's an old drive so there is the possibility it has failed, of course. As OTheHill says, IDE drives will have jumpers on them, on your drive the pins are a set of 4 to the right of the multi-pin connector. If you are using a USB caddy then they need to be set as master, for a secondary drive direct-connected they need to be slave if you are sharing the same IDE cable as your main drive. There should be a picture on the labels showing the jumper layout, otherwise you can get the manuals from here:

http://www.seagate.com/support/disc...

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#5
December 2, 2012 at 14:31:37

I couldn't find a jumper for it, but I did just use an IDE cable with a Master and Slave spot. Worked out just fine. Thanks!

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