Fireball lct 20 30 gb from old pc - installed into ata/ide external reader to access old files - hdd seems to not "spin" but the unit indicater light on the hdd is functioning and flashes 10 times then moment heistation - is this an error code? the unit seems to not spin up - very quiet no sounds like from other hdd i use in external drive case. is this a hardware recognotion issue or a bad drive moter for the disk itself?
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You do not have the best version of Win7... you have the cheap one. If you had the fancy Win7 version of even any version of WinXP you could see your files, if the HDD is good. Ask a friend for assistance and plug the USB adapter into another PC. (I have my diagnostics PC with WinXP to avoid the issue.)
1.. Get into your pc's bios and see if 32bit access is enabled for your disk, if not enable it, reboot. 2.. Goto control panel > device manager , double click on your IDE controller and check had disk status, if is on PIO mode or UDMA , must be at UDMA. Set it if not.
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Did you switch the jumper config back to Master or CableSelect before trying to install them as a single drive? Also check the Maxtor website, (they owned Quantum too), for the correct jumper settings. Some of these drives (like the Quantum Fireball lct series) need TWO jumpers not just one.That was the trick that fixed mine from not being recognized by the Bios or the Windows setup disk....I got it used with only a single jumper, but it needed two to put it Cable Select mode.
When Windows (XP?) was installed in the Quantum Fireball LCT1520 of the old Compaq Presario, the OS was married to the hardware specifically the motherboard/chipset. When it was removed and transplanted to the newer PC, the OS would be looking for the old hardware settings/configuration and since the new PC has a different motherboard and therefore cannot find the old hardware, it would loop/reboot continuously and/or BSODs.
One method of getting the old HD to work in the new PC is to do a clean/new install of the OS.
If for some reason you prefer to use the old OS in the old HD with its settings/configuration, you can try to do a repair/re-install. The procedure is similar to installing a clean/new OS except that you should opt for the 2nd repair choice (not the R or first repair option). This should retain most if not all of your old applications/settings while installing new Windows files.
Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.