Help Me Recover ATA Hard Drive ~Power Failure

Ecs / Ka3-mvp
March 22, 2011 at 07:50:48
Specs: Win7 x64, Athlon 6400+ / 4gb Ram
My hard drive died YEARS ago on my old old tower, its a Maxtor 10GB model # 51024U2

I THINK I was messing with something at the time and connected the morlex backwards with the computer running and zapped the power distribution or something. A few years ago I attempted to purchase one off eBay, the same model and swap the circuit board on the bottom but it did not work. I think the one I bought had a manufactures date of a few months or years apart. I was going to try to purchase another one with a closer date, is there any other way to fire this thing back up to get the files off? I'm determined! Maxtor (now Seagate) says they do not supply replacement parts. They claim a board off another hard drive will not work, and that ONLY the board on your drive remembers where the files are. Sounds like he was just trying to get me to use their recovery service which STARTS at $1,500 for a drive not detected by windows. Will a board off another drive with the same manufactures date work??


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#1
March 22, 2011 at 07:52:47
A resounding maybe.

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#2
March 22, 2011 at 08:07:15
What is resounding?

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#3
March 22, 2011 at 13:04:35
re·sound (r-zound)
v. re·sound·ed, re·sound·ing, re·sounds
v.intr.
1. To be filled with sound; reverberate: The schoolyard resounded with the laughter of children.
2. To make a loud, long, or reverberating sound: The music resounded through the hall.
3. To sound loudly; ring.
4. To become famous, celebrated, or extolled: Picassoa name to resound for ages in art history.
v.tr.
1. To send back (sound). See Synonyms at echo.
2. To utter or emit loudly.
3. To celebrate or praise, as in verse or song.

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[Alteration (influenced by sound) of Middle English resounen, from Old French resoner, from Latin resonre : re-, re- + sonre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]

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re·sounding adj.

resounding [rɪˈzaʊndɪŋ]
adj
1. clear and emphatic; unmistakable a resounding vote of confidence
2. full of or characterized by resonance; reverberating a resounding slap
resoundingly adv


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#4
March 22, 2011 at 19:19:50
I know it dosen't make any sense to me... are you being sarcastic?

When I plug the drive in it dosen't even spin, it does NOTHING. However I have an IDE to USB cable, with no morlex power Windows still picks it up and TRIES installing a device driver for it. Also I was mistaken, it's impossible to reverse the polarity with a backwards morlex because the pin layout is 12+ - - 5/6+ so what I did was sent 12v into a pin that was meant for 5/6v. The other thing is the DSP gets really hot when you plug in the morlex power, I mean REALLY hot the center of it could burn your finger. The most the controller might store that I can think of is the map of reallocated sectors.

"It occurs to me that, provided the spindle motor works in a ramp drive, you could swap the enitre platter stack and spindle. If, that is, you found some way of undoing the screws holding it down... and they're usually right under the platters."


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#5
March 22, 2011 at 21:05:17
Perhaps the best definition of resounding in this case is definitely'. You wanted to hear that definitely yes it will work or definitely no it won't Instead you get a definite maybe. A little joke.

My gut feeling is a PCB from the exact model would work on yours but I've never tried it. But then, how do you know the board is bad? It could be the motor or something else internal to the drive.

Were some of the posts here deleted? Otherwise you're introducing new facts in # 4--something about an IDE to USB cable, something about switching the +12 and +5 volt leads--without giving any details.

If a doe and a mare eat oats what does a lamb eat? Sigh. It's ivy. Little lambs eat ivy.


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#6
March 22, 2011 at 21:08:20
"It occurs to me that, provided the spindle motor works in a ramp drive, you could swap the enitre platter stack and spindle. If, that is, you found some way of undoing the screws holding it down... and they're usually right under the platters.

Forget that idea, that is unless if you have an air conditioned cleam room to dismatle the drive in. If you dismatle a drive in an normal enviorinment you might just as well throw it away. If the slightest grain of dust gets inside it it will crash the heads. It is not for naothing that Seagate and other drive manufactures charge $1,500 to dismantle a drive. It is a very complex proceedre.

To get a board to replace the one you have assisnated you will need one axactly the same as the one it to replace. The same manufactures, the same model number the same revesion version, the same firmware vrsion, the same everything. Just the same model with a differeent revison number wont work.

I know it dosen't make any sense to me... are you being sarcastic?

I can't be absolutley sure about that but I have sneaky suspicion that you might just be right.

Stuart


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#7
March 22, 2011 at 21:48:47
"Were some of the posts here deleted? Otherwise you're introducing new facts in # 4--something about an IDE to USB cable, something about switching the +12 and +5 volt leads--without giving any details"

Sorry I was a bit jumpy, I thought I had said in my first post I reversed the polarity by plugging it in backwards.

-I will try again with another eBay drive, this time I will make sure ALL the numbers match.


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#8
March 23, 2011 at 01:06:10
Yeah I saw that you thought you had plugged it in backwards, then realized you couldn't have because it can only fit one way (unless a person is really determined to plug it in wrong). But then it seemed you mentioned something about the leads being reversed anyway. I wasn't sure what that meant.

If a doe and a mare eat oats what does a lamb eat? Sigh. It's ivy. Little lambs eat ivy.


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#9
March 23, 2011 at 16:39:24
When I say reversed, I mean I started one side or one corner at a time fits enough to arc. The DSP gets hot enough to burn your finger nicely so I'm hoping it is just a bad driver board and I did not zap the heads, 12v was sent into the 5v pin and everything including I think the heads runs on 5v, 12v is just for the spindle motor.

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