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Could you confirm if the problem with the drive not being recognized is a problem with the USB cable? I have a 250GB passport and it worked fine with my XP. Once I decided to reformat it to NTFS and tried to do so by plugging into my new windows7 laptop the problems started.
Inside that LaCie external harddrive's enclosure is a regular SATA harddrive. The kind that fits in a desktop computer (3.5 inches in width), or laptop. (2.5 inches across in width)
Open the external enclosure (Case) of the LaCie, remove the harddrive, and install it into a suitable external enclosure. (Laptop size, or desktop size)
The external enclosure has a USB cable also. Just plug it into any available USB port on your desktop computer.
Do I know for a fact that the harddrive is okay, and this will fix the problem? No sir/maam I do not.
But IMHO this is the first diagnostic method to use.
IF the harddrive is a desktop sized harddrive, it could be installed in your desktop computer as a Slave drive. However the above method is so much easier, and it allows your harddrive to be an external harddrive once more.
Inside the external enclosure of the LaCie external harddrive, is a small circuit board that the Harddrive plugs into. It is this small circuit board that receives the damage in most cases.
If the problem is the Harddrive itself, a professional data recovery shop will;
A) Try a new, or good used harddrive circuit board. Check to see if the harddrive's circuit board received the damage.
B) If the circuit board proves to be good then the next step is to remove the Platters inside. The room used is a Clean Room. A room that is 99.9 percent dust free. (In most cases)
The Platters are installed into the case of a compatible harddrive, that has the Platters removed. Then as much information as possible is copied off.
There are other methods data recovery specialists use also.
[A Harddrive is built in a Clean Room. 99.9 percent dust free. The technicians wear a Clean Suit, that resembles what a doctor would wear in an operating room. They enter the work area after going through a corridor, fitted with air jets at various levels.
If a harddrive is opened up in a room that is not a Clean Room, the harddrive's 'life expectency' drops to a day, or a few hours. The dust 'kills' them ]
A good place to look for a new harddrive is newegg.com. What you want to look for is a large cache, fast read/write speed RPMs and harddrive size. A good laptop harddrive would have 7200RPMs 32mb cache and roughly 500 GB harddrive space. Also check quality by viewing user reviews. I personally like Western Digital.
Yes, it can be upgraded for a larger drive. The important specs to know are the physical size and the interface. The size that this computer needs is the 2.5 inch and the interface is the SATA. These are the typical size and interface used today so finding a drive that fits should not be a problem.
Needs a new blue gun and the others should be looked at as well. Not an inexpensive repair, 300-400 parts & labor. New LCD's in the same size are close to that price now. Weigh the cost vs. replacement, call a TV repair shop and get the price of the part then go look at new TV's. Best of luck. Hope this helps
If you "accidently" can repair this laptop,
then you get a reasonable good computer. you will find the price for your RAMhere: you will find the price for your HDDhere: you will find the price for your HDD caddyhere: -> the rest is up to you
When a harddrive starts clicking it's on it's way out.
Buy a new harddrive and at the same time get a USB to laptop harddrive adapter. You can reinstall XP with the recovery disks that came with your machine ans then slave your old drive to your laptop and recover your personal files.
If you really want to get technicalbuy an Apricorn housing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817155602
And two new harddrives, fit one new harddrive to the Apricorn housing and try to install the EZgig cloning software to your dying Windows. You can clone your existing Windows install to the new harddrive in the Apricorn housing and then move that drive to your laptop, the second new harddrive can then be fitted to the Apricorn housing and used as an external harddrive.
EZgig comes with the Apricorn housing and you could even go so far as to create a clone of your Windows install to the new external harddrive. The Apricorn housings are excellent, they are small enough to carry in your laptop case and all they need for power is a USB port.