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Seagate Momentus 4200.2 120GB

My Seagate Momentus 4200.2 120GB Keeps shutting down any computer you plug in into

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  • leyzman Dec 13, 2007

    it´s my laptop hard drive.

    I tooked out, plug it in to an external 2.0 usb adapter, plug it in to my desktop and as soon as windows recognize it, the blue scrren comes and re start the computer.

    I have very valuable info in that drive, i do have a data recovery software on y desktop, but i can´t have plug in long enough to run it.

    (I apologize for my english, it´s my second language and i am still learning it)

    i hope it´s clear enough.

  • leyzman Dec 13, 2007

    another hdd works.

    it does not click.

    safe mode, does the same thing. (blue screen and reboots)



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Some laptop manufacturers use the 4 pins to the side of the data connection to force Master / Slave. Do you have a jumper shorting 2 of these pins? If so, remove the jumper and try it again in your external caddy. Had this problem 2 weeks ago with a Toshiba notebook having the Blue Screen of Death. Removed the jumper and then the disk worked perfectly!! Strange but True.


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If this isn't caused by a power issue I would try something like Knoppix to get to your files I wouldn't use XP, this might be a problem with the XP Kernal crashing and Knoppix might just be able to do what you need to save your data.

Here are some instructions on how to do this. Knoppix is a Live CD Linux OS. This means you can boot to a cd-rom drive and run an operating system to retrieve files from a failed operating system.

In your case I know you have a working OS and are using an external drive.

Recover files from broken XP Operating System using knoppix 4.0 and another working system across a network...

load knoppix 4.0 from cd-rom

get ip address by using 'ifconfig' from the 'konsole'
launch the konsole by using the computer monitor icon in the startbar
then type ifconfig to get your ip address

now use the start menu and go to 'knoppix' and 'services' then choose
'start samba server'.

Use 'knoppix' as the password.
Make sure you say 'yes' to export all harddrives so they can be mounted,
read and written from the remote machine.

Now get on an XP machine and use the run prompt to connect to the IP address.

Let me know if you need more help with this if you want to try this route.

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Can you try another hard drive?
do you hear any clicking?
what if you go into safe mode and plug it in?

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    Cary Farah Dec 13, 2007

    What thats telling me is you either have bad hard drive, or hardware or software conflict.
    does the hard drive work in another pc?
    what OS is on the hard drive if any?
    you can get a windows nt boot disk


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Does it really shut down the computer by itself? Do you have an Operating System installed on it? The only thing I could think of is that the drive has something faulty on the PCB of the drive that is shorted or causing it to sink too much current and that shuts off your power supply. I've never heard of this though or come across it in real life.

Describe your problem in more detail

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