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Bought a nx2 external harddrive case and can't turn it on. Looks like I need a power plug. Do I take it apart and remove my harddrive and take back to circuit city or can I have one mailed to me.

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What's the memory capacity of the ext hard drive? did you check in the box if there is a power adapter for it. check and call circuit city ask then for the accesorries that you should get with it.

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My desk top computers screen went black, can my data be save on the hard drive and how can i take it off

Not posting the model number of the Dell desktop computer, get's you generic information.

The model number can be found on the back of the computer, next to the Windows product key.

Moving on......

Suggest use an external enclosure.
Remove the harddrive from the computer, and install it in an external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a USB cable, and you just plug it into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Then go to My Computer, or Computer; depending on which Windows operating system the computer has; and double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(WinXP: Start > My Computer
Win Visa / Win 7: Windows logo button > Computer )

Examples of drive letters;

C: Drive = Harddrive of the computer you are using

D: Drive = Separate partition on the harddrive for Restore files, or is for the optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

E: Drive = Optical drive generally, but may be the drive letter that corresponds to a Removable Device.
The external enclosure you plugged in, is a removable device.

None of the above is 'etched in stone', except the C:Drive
Things change from computer to computer, and the way you may have it set up.

Easy way to know?
Before plugging in external enclosure, open My Computer, or Computer.
Look at what each drive letter corresponds to.

Now when you plug the external enclosure in, you will see the change; and know which drive letter corresponds to the external enclosure you just plugged in.

Double-click on the name next to the drive letter, that corresponds to the external enclosure you plugged in.

Go into My Documents, or Documents.
Again, depends on which version of Windows you have.
Win XP = Start > My Documents
Win Vista / Win 7 = Windows logo button > Documents

Now open each folder, until you get the personal files you want to keep.
Photos, music, videos, documents you have created, or downloaded.

You cannot remove programs, or applications. Just your personal stuff.
(You can, but that is for a separate discussion)

Also open Downloads.
(WinXP = Click on Start > My Documents > DOUBLE-click on Downloads.

Win Vista / Win 7 = Click on the Windows logo button (Start), click on Documents, click on Downloads.

Harddrives are measured in Width.
2-1/2 inches across for a laptop harddrive. 2.5 inches.
3.5 inches for a desktop harddrive.

Don't know what Dell this is again, don't have the model number.

Cannot tell you if the harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

So you will need either a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,
a 3.5 SATA external enclosure.

There are external enclosures that are 3.5 and IDE/SATA, also.

Basic examples,

Easy way to identify what type technology is used, for the harddrive in your computer; IDE/PATA, or SATA;

Power cable for an IDE/PATA harddrive,

Power cable for a SATA harddrive,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Mar 29, 2013 | Dell Computers & Internet

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I looking for a pcb boad for hd western digital

That would be on another WD2500JB Caviar harddrive

Either that, or start looking on the internet posting -
WD2500JB PCB Board, and see what search hits come up.

Here,.....let me try.............

Before you replace it, let me ask........
1) Was it in a Desktop PC?

2) Was it in an external harddrive?

External harddrive?
Then suggest you obtain a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

In an external harddrive there is a small interface circuit board.

The Harddrive plugs into the small interface circuit board, and the USB cable is attached to the small interface circuit board.

It is this small interface circuit board that usually goes bad.

The external enclosure is just like the case of the external harddrive.
Has a USB cable going to a small interface circuit board, and the harddrive plugs into it.


Mar 13, 2013 | Western Digital WD2500JB WD Caviar EIDE...

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Need wiringdiagram for an ET1161-05 with motherboard

1) Did you unplug it from power?

2) Did you FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions?

Anti-Static Precautions;
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside your computer.

Computer ON a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

3) A small primer if I may;

You press the Power On Button. The Power On Button is a plastic assembly, that has the Power On switch inside it.
The Power On Button presses the Power On switch.

Pressing the Power On switch BRIEFLY closes a circuit.
The Soft Power On circuit.
(The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch)

{When the Power Supply, (Computer), is plugged into power, there is a constant 5 Volts present. (DC) The 5 Volt Standby power.
This is used for the Soft Power On circuit }

Briefly closing the Soft Power On circuit, 'excites' the Power Supply, and turns it on. (Almost sounds wrong in so many levels)
The first chipset (I.C.) to receive power is the BIOS chipset.

The Basic Input/Output System program is initialized. (BIOS)
BIOS looks to see what DEVICES are installed, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the Operating System. (In this case Windows is the O/S)

Driver: A small piece of software that allows the Operating System to communicate with a DEVICE.

My thinking is the Device is the Harddrive.

Either the Power Supply, power cable is unplugged a little bit; and/or the data cable.

The eMachines ET1161-05 uses a SATA harddrive.
Serial ATA

Means it also uses a SATA power cable,

Note that between a SATA power cable's connector, and a SATA data cable's connector; the SATA power cable connector is Longer.

The SATA power cable connector has 15 contact pins.
The SATA data cable has 7-pins,

The SATA data cable connector that plugs into the SATA harddrive, is usually a 90 degree bent elbow connector.
The straight connector end plugs into the motherboard.

(Also note the L-shaped opening, in the SATA data cable connector, shown. The SATA power cable connector also has this L-shaped opening. Mates to the L-shaped connector on the motherboard, or harddrive; or SATA optical drive )

Just physically see if you can plug these connectors in tighter, on the harddrive. (Remember; Power unplugged; follow Anti-Static Precautions)

Also remove all Ram Memory modules. ('Stick')
Now reinstall them.
You may have one that is loose in it's ram memory slot.

Visually inspecting will NOT do. To be assured the Ram Memory module is seated tight in the ram memory slot, you have to remove, and reinstall.

Post back in a Comment.

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What extra cables do i need to clone the hard drive on acer veriton x275

First, open your computer case by removing the two screws on the back and removing the side panel. Second, plug the blank harddrive into your motherboard using a SATA cable and attach the harddrive to the power supply.Third, run a cloning program such as Achronis True Image (

Jul 05, 2011 | Acer Veriton X275 PC Desktop

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I have a T2893 model that is probably 10 years old. The hard drive just quit on me and I cannot boot back up. It appears completely dead. I changed power plugs to ensure that it was not the power supply. I...

1) Install the harddrive as a slave drive in a known working computer.

2) Install the harddrive into an economical external harddrive enclosure, and plug the USB cable of the enclosure into a known working computer.
[IMHO the better of the two options]

The eMachines T2893 uses an IDE harddrive, (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
This is an example of an IDE external enclosure,

As for the T2893 it could be a bad power supply, and worst case scenario, a bad motherboard also.

Granted the power supply may seem to be working, (Bestec 250 Watt), but it may have a weak voltage power rail.

Enough power to light lights, and maybe spin fans, but not enough for the Processor.
1) ALL the lights use less than 1 Watt of power
2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts
3) A typical Processor can use 51 to a 125 Watts.

The T2893 comes with an Intel Celeron D 330.

The Celeron D 330 can use up to 84 Watts. (Under the heading TDP in the chart )

In essence the harddrive may not be bad.

When you press the Power On button, you are closing a circuit that feeds 5 Volts to the Power Supply. Soft Power On function.

[Brought in, to replace the old style of pressing the plastic Power On button, which in turn presses against a steel rod, which in turn presses against a Power On switch, attached directly to the Power Supply ]

Power goes to the motherboard. The first chipset to receive power, and to initialize is the BIOS chip.
[Chip and Chipset are slang terms to represent I.C. Integrated Circuit]

Bios looks to see what devices are installed, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the Operating System.
[Windows XP is an example of an O/S]

The operating system is located on the harddrive.
You don't have enough power to turn the Processor on, so there is nothing to process information.
Nothing to find the operating system.

Two of the major faults reported for the T2893, are the Bestec 250 Watt PSU, (Power Supply Unit), and the motherboard.
The primary failure is the Power Supply. When the power supply fails, it has a nasty tendency to take the motherboard with it.

What actions to take, to possibly solve the problem with the T2893, provided the harddrive works?

1) Test the Power Supply. See if the voltages are correct, and specifically the 12 Volt power.
There are three main voltages.
A) Yellow insulated wires are 12 Volts
B) Red wires are 5 volts
C) Orange wires are 3.3 Volts

ANY Black wire is a Ground wire.

Do you have a multimeter? An economical multimeter can be purchased for around $10 to $12.
(Many stores carry them. An auto parts store is one place)

There is also a power supply tester. Economical versions are around $20.
The 12 Volt power can be 11 to 13 Volts. Anything below 11 Volts, and it's time for a new power supply.

Power supply diagnoses to be good, check the motherboard. Visually look for bad Electrolytic Capacitors.
eMachines are known for using cheap quality Electrolytic Capacitors.
Saves the computer manufacturer money, which they use to sell budget priced computers. (All eMachines are budget computers)

If the motherboard is bad, I have seen replacements offered online.
One motherboard offered had the price of $90.

Now you could be looking at $30 to $50 for a decent replacement Power Supply, and another $90 for a motherboard.
Believe it would be best served to purchase another computer, IMHO.

Have any questions concerning this, please post in a Comment.

Apr 20, 2010 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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How to remove ibm thinkcentre p4 3.0 motherboard

This is the link to the IBM ThinkCentre S50-8183, Hardware and Maintenance Manual,

On this page scroll down to the heading -
Publication type: Publications,

and left-click on the blue - 74p2660.pdf

This is a PDF file download. May take up to 25 seconds before you see the first page, and additional time to full download it.

Suggest you let it download all the way before looking through it.
Otherwise you may break the download connection.

(The file should also be downloaded all the way, before saving it to your computer.

If you do not know how to save this PDF file to your computer, and would like to know how, please come back and state so in a Comment)

If you cannot download the Hardware and Maintenance Manual, please come back, and state so in a Comment.
(I had to try to download twice, as the connection dropped on me. Second time was a charm)

The following is from me:
1) Computer off, unplug the power to the computer.

2) BEFORE you reach inside the open computer case, TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case, to relieve Static electricity from your body.

Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside your computer.
(Even if this problem should relate to replacing a bad motherboard, you don't want to fry out the other hardware components. Processor, Ram Memory, Harddrive, and so on)

Should you get up, and walk away in the middle of working on your computer, when you come back touch the metal frame again.

Basic tips from me:
A) Opening the computer case.

Facing the front of the computer, there are two Cover Release Buttons. One on each side of the computer case, towards the front.

Press these release buttons in at the same time, rotate the cover up, and back.

The computer case is a 2 part type of case. The top opens like a clamshell, and is hinged on the back.
Should the cover not rotate it may be locked.
See if a lock is present on the back of the cover. If so remove it.

B) Looking at the inside of the Front of your computer, you'll note that the CD Drive, Floppy Drive, and Harddrive, are located inside a rectangular metal framework.

(Floppy Drive on the left, CD Drive on the right, Harddrive under the CD Drive)

This rectangular metal frame is the Drive Bay, and is hinged on the very front side of the computer case.
If you grab the side that is towards the middle, you can lift it up, and tilt it towards the Front.

The cables that you see coming from the motherboard to the CD/DVD Drive, Floppy Drive, and Harddrive, Do Not have to be disconnected from the drives.

THIS is in reference to the flat ribbon IDE cables, or round SATA cables.
These are Interface cables. Also known as a Signal cable.

( NOTE* IDE is also referred to as PATA. The term PATA was implemented to avoid confusion.

PATA is Parallel ATA
SATA is Serial ATA )

You can leave them connected to the drives themselves, just tie them up out of the way with a zip tie, or bread wrappers, and flop them to the outside of the computer case.

You Do have to remove the power cables to these three drives, to remove the motherboard.
They come from the Power Supply, and crossover the motherboard.

(Looking at the Hardware and Maintenance Manual, for the IBM ThinkCentre S50 series of Desktop PC's,
I see there are IDE and SATA connectors on the motherboard.

This means to me that you could have an IDE or a SATA harddrive. You MAY also have either an IDE or SATA optical drive. {CD/DVD Drive)

To avoid possible confusing information, I won't detail out how to remove both an IDE and SATA interface cable.
I'll let the Hardware and Maintenance Manual explain this.

IF, you are unable to download the manual, or if you need more detailed information than the manual provides, I will gladly give it.

We may have to post back, and forth, for the info you need. Just post your additional questions in a Comment)

BEFORE you disconnect any interface cable, that comes from the drives to the motherboard, I suggest you make drawings, and notes.

The Hardware and Maintenance Manual shows, and details information pretty well, but will never be as concise as any notes, or drawings you may additionally make.

Note which direction Each cable connector, plugs into the motherboard's connector, and where they go. Reference this in a drawing, and make a note.

Note where the power cables plug into the motherboard, and which power cables go where.

You'll also have to remove the Power Supply, in order to remove the motherboard.

There are two Fan connectors on the motherboard. It doesn't state if the Processor has a Fan, and doesn't look like it does. One of the Fan connectors, is to the computer case fan in the Front.

Observe, and make a note of which way the Front Panel cable connector plugs into the motherboard.
This may be critical.

The connector, (Header), on the motherboard may not have a locking device on it.

If it does, so does the Front Panel cable connector, and this automatically tells you how the connectors line up with each other.

Or there may be a Locating Lug, and a Notch.

If you take the computer all the way apart, don't worry I can tell you how to put it back together.

You do need to note which way that Front Panel cable plugs into the motherboard, though, before you remove it.

(The Front Panel, is the plastic piece on the front of your computer, where the Power On button, LED lights, and drive openings are)

Don't forget to plug in the 4-pin ATX power cable from the Power Supply to the motherboard. This is power for a Pentium 4 and above processor.

Looks like this,

(May be Black in color instead of White)

Feb 08, 2010 | IBM ThinkCentre S50 8183 - P4 3 GHz...

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How do you get the hard drive out of a Toshiba Equium 7100D computer?

It's been a Long time since I have worked on one of these, so forgive me if my information is somewhat sketchy.

If memory serves the Left side of the case comes off. (Viewing the desktop computer from the front.)

There are clips underneath that need to be depressed, in order to remove this side cover.
From there with a flashlight, you should be able to view the other corresponding clips to depress, and remove the rest of the cover. Believe it lifts up so far, then slides forward.

At the Front Right side is the CD drive. There is a single screw you remove, and then the CD drive tilts up. From there you will see a single screw, that holds the harddrive in.

Once you are able to lift the harddrive up a bit, you wiggle the whitish colored plastic plug, side to side, as you pull out. This is a 4-pin Molex connector. It provides power from the power supply to the harddrive.

Sometimes this Molex connector can be QUITE tight, and hard to remove. DO NOT pull on the wires! If you use finesse, you can use a pair of pliers to wiggle it out. I advise using a Lot of finesse, as you can crush the plug. Sometimes it requires a bit of force!
The Molex plug looks like this,

Then the 40-pin interface cable connector is removed. (Flat ribbon cable goes to this connector) Use a Lot of finesse here, as the tiny pins can be bent Quite easily!

Now the harddrive is in your hand, and you can examine it more closely.

The 4-pin Molex connector only goes in the harddrive, in one direction.
The top corners are tapered, and allow the plug to be installed only one way.

The 40-pin connector may be another story!
Looking at the connector itself, observe if there is a square lug on top. (Square plastic protrusion, emanating from the top edge of the rectangular plug)

This square lug lines up with a cutout in the back of the harddrive. It puts the 40-pin connector, in the proper position in the harddrive.
If this square lug is absent, don't fret when you go to re-install.
I will advise you the way to do it properly.

On one side of that flat ribbon cable you will see a faint Red line, or stripe. This Red line corresponds with Number 1 pin in the ribbon cable. Number 1 pin is on the side where the Red line is.

Viewing the back of your harddrive that you're going to install, (It is an IDE harddrive. Also referred to as EIDE, ATA, or PATA), note the pin locations.

All the way to the right are 4 pins. This is where the 4-pin Molex connector plugs into.
To the immediate Left are the Jumper pins.

To the Left of the Jumper pins are the 40, (39 actually), pins where the flat ribbon cable plugs into.

Number 1 pin goes towards the power connection.
The Red stripe on the flat ribbon cable, will be facing the 4-pin power connection on the harddrive.

If you have any further questions on this, please come back, and post them in an additional comment.

Oct 18, 2009 | Toshiba Equium 7100D PC Desktop

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Screen goes black after 30 mins of working.

There are a few things you need to check here.
1. It could be that your computer power management is set to turn your monitor and harddrive off after 30 to 45 min.

If the computer is however working for 30 to 45 min while you doing stuff and it shuts off, the there is an internal problem "Hardware"

I would suggest you check to see if the power management is set to turn off monitor 30 min and harddrive after 45 min. IF that is not so, then we go on to the next test.

It could possibly be your processor fan is not working so once your processor gets over heated it shuts off the computer.

Turn off the computer, remove the case "this is only if you know what you are doing" with the case off, power on the computer and see if the processor fan is working.

You can get back to me and I can walk you through it.

Hope thiss help.

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I have been using my external usb harddrive for recording (seagate freeagent pro) its been working fine for about a month but earlyer it just stopped, the power light went out and i havent been able to get...

External HDD are similar to the normal internal HDD, only difference is that The physical harddrive is only place into the casing with usb terminal port so you can remove the physical HDD. Your casing's usb terminal may be damaged. Borrow a casing for a external usb HDD from a friend that is working and use it to extract your data to a PC. Hope it helps.

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I am assuming you want to re install or upgrade your operating system without losing your files. If this is the case the solution is simple. Purchase an external USB Harddrive Large enough to hold all your files. Plug it in and save all your files to it. After you re-install or upgrade your operating system simply copy your files back. You can purchase 500GigaByte external harddrives for under a hundred dollars these days at best buy or circuit city and even cheaper online. As an added bonus you will have a full back up of all your files in case of future catastrophic harddrive failure.

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