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Can't recognise my Hard Drive with a USB to IDE cable.

I have a WD2000BB, Western digital hard drive 200 GB. I have it attached to a USB to IDE cable. Im trying to ''save a friends bacon''. I am fairly certain the HD is still operational. I can't seem to be able to initialise the disk. Also, it is only recognised as a mass storage device. I can't assign a drive letter to it either. I always hear how easy it is to hook up a USB to IDE and retreive data.... Of course Im not finding that to be so. I have trying switching the jumpers, I have it hooked up to a 400w power supply, tested with a power supply tester and its checking put fine. I ve hit every combination in the disk managment utility. Ive tryed Acronis and Get My Data Back, neither ''sees'' the drive. Ive switched the jumpers from CS, to SL, to MSTR. Is there any more steps I can take other than throwing the HD in the trash or telling my friend that it'll cost 800+ from data doctors? Thanks

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Aside from what you're trying you can also use ubcdwin4 to create a boot cd which may give you access to the data on your friend's hard drive (with network support for copying the data to another PC), it might be worth a look.

As far as your WD is concerned, if you have the ability to remove the drive from it's external case and plug it into the system via the IDE plug you may have better luck. You may also want to try changing the bios in order to boot from USB device and plug the WD into one of the USB ports.

Good luck!

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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.............

http://www.hdd-parts.com/18100096.html

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,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2780

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.

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When I open Dell 24000 I get an error sign primary drive 0 not found It tells me to hit f2-- but when I do I get no response. A colleague told me it was a loose cable so i have opened the tower but I do...


the hard drive IDE cables are flat, ribbon cables, usually grey and about 3 inches wide. do not confuse this with the floppy drive cable, which will look identical, except that it is 2 inches wide.

the cable could be loose on either the motherboard IDE controller end or the hard drive end, so wiggle it in tighter, or unplug and then re-plug it at both ends, and then try to boot. if that does not work, then replace the cable.

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my other thought is that for some restores you have to have the exact components present that originally came with the machine. so, unplug everything but keyboard, mouse and video. put back to original amount of memory.

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