Help finding a source for Quantum Fireball KX27A011 (27.3GB IDE)
Hello Techs Helpers... I am looking for an inexpensive fixed for my Quantum Fireball KX27A011 (27.3GB IDE) that was fried/toasted. If you have the model laying around that you are interested to sell please contact me. I have literally thousands of family pictures in the hard drive. This happened about 5 years ago when harddrive this small of a size were still very expensive for me to afford.
Quantum Fireball KX27A011 (27.3GB IDE) it is very important that it has a label with Rev 01-B on it. (e.q. 27.3AT P/N KX27A011 Rev 01-B)
note: i learned my lesson though... now i backup personal files, specially family photos, in 4 different hard drives (1hd per week)
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Wow, you have a Quantum Fireball? I haven't heard about that hard drive model family in years, decades actually. They were last marketed back in 2001 but were most popular in the early to mid 1990s. Given the very low Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) values of drives in that era, I am surprised that the drive has survived up to this time.
If I were to make a guess, I would say that your old IDE Fireball has gone the way of the dodo bird. Time to get something new and much more modern. IDE drives are no longer manufactured as it is an outmoded technology in favor of SATA. If you still have a machine that uses IDE, then definitely replace the machine with something much more modern and faster that will have a more spacious SATA drive.
What is printed on the labels on the top of each disk?
What is the model-number?
Do a GOOGLE-search on that model-number, to see what others have written about that model,
including the "specifications".
Here is a picture I found that shows the jumper settings for: Quantum Fireball CR
Quantum Fireball CX
Quantum Fireball EL
Quantum Fireball EX
Quantum Fireball LCT08
Quantum Fireball LCT10
Quantum Fireball LCT15
Quantum Fireball Plus KA
Quantum Fireball Plus KX
Quantum Fireball SE
Quantum Fireball ST
Quantum Fireball LM
Quantum Fireball AS
Windows 98 computer, huh? http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph04973&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=58161 Suggest you try a different, known to be good, flat ribbon interface cable. Sometimes these interface cables go bad.
Harddrives are a mechanical device. They have a 'Life Cycle'. After so many hours of usage, the life cycle come to an end. Kind of like for a human being. It could be your harddrive is at it's end.
You could try installing this harddrive into an inexpensive external enclosure.(Uses a USB cable) Plug it into a working computer. Go to My Computer, find which drive letter it is, (Example: (D:) or (E:) or (F:), double-click on that drive letter, and see if you can access this harddrive. Your harddrive is an IDE harddrive. IDE is also referred to as EIDE, ATA, and PATA. It is a 3.5" harddrive. Examples of inexpensive IDE external enclosures, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2779&name=3.5-Enclosure-IDE&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10