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Reformatting your harddrive is the best solution

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Connections to the hard drive


The Harddrive is a SATA unit.

Uses a SATA data cable, and a SATA power cable.

SATA data cable, and connector on motherboard, example;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Between the SATA data cable connector, and the SATA power cable connector; the SATA data cable connector is the shorter of the two in width.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.

The connector end used on the harddrive side, and optical drive side, (CD/DVD drive), is usually a 90 degree Bent Elbow.
The connector end that plugs into the motherboard, is a Straight connector.

NOTE* Color of connectors does NOT matter.
Most of the time the SATA data connectors on the motherboard, are different colors.

This is to help discern what number of SATA data connector it is.
Four SATA data connectors on the motherboard?

SATA 1, SATA 2, SATA 3, and SATA 4;
Or:
SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2, and SATA 3?

SATA 0, or SATA 1, is usually reserved for the Harddrive.
The Primary harddrive with the Operating System on it.
(Unless you have harddrives set in a RAID configuration)

DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SATA DATA CONNECTOR, you plug into, on the motherboard.

Want to plug the harddrive into SATA 3, or SATA 4?
Go ahead.
NO matter what SATA connector on the motherboard that you plug into, BIOS will find the harddrive.

Note the L-shape in the connector.
Has to line up on the L-shape on the harddrive, optical drive, or motherboard, SATA data connector.

There is usually a lock on the connector. This you may not see.
Sometimes there is a little 'bump' on the connector. Depress with the thumbnail to install the cable, or remove.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for plugging in a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable; ONLY plug the SATA power cable in.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Using BOTH types of power cables will BURN the harddrive up.
May not happen right away, but I assure you it will happen.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Dec 10, 2012 | Acer Aspire X1 AX1470-UR11P Desktop PC...

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Asus pro31f series duoT2350 notebook does not boot up. Potential motherboard failure? How do I recover data?


A) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.
B) Remove the Harddrive;

According to specifications it is a 100GB SATA harddrive.

Harddrives are measured across their width.
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 Inches across in width. (2 -1/2 inches)
Desktop harddrives are 3.5

Install the Asus Pro 31F harddrive in a 2.5 SATA external enclosure.
The external enclosure has a USB cable. Turns your laptop harddrive into an external harddrive.

One example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

C) I believe what may be going on, is you have a failed Power MOSFET, or Power MOSFET's.

?O_O?

MOSFET,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOSFET

Power MOSFET,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_MOSFET

D2PAK surface mount,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D2PAK

(Requires using a clip heatsink on each lead when soldering.
After all, this uses Transistors )

Motherboard problem, yes I believe you may be correct.
Repairable? Yes.
Find a tech that can perform this? Isn't easy.
Most just want to replace motherboards.
Why? More $$$$$$$$.

(Ahem, I'm telling you about it, so I am not one of these noobs! Lol!)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 30, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Remove hard disc from dimension 3100c


David, this is the Service Manual for the Dell Dimension 3100 Desktop PC,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

Click on Removing and Installing Parts.
Click on Harddrive

1) Pull the SATA power cable out of the back of the Harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

[ Note the L-shaped slot in the connector. Lines up with the L-shaped tab on the back if the Harddrive ]

2) Pull the SATA data cable out of the back of the Harddrive,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

[Top example is a SATA data cable. The bottom example is a SATA connector on the motherboard. Again note the L-shape in the connector.
The SATA power cable connector has 15 contact pins.
The SATA data cable connector has 7 ]

3) Now press the blue tabs (Clips) towards each other.
(Can also be said as -> Towards the middle of the harddrive )

4) Pull up, and out on the harddrive.

If I may ask, why are you removing it?
Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 26, 2012 | Dell Dimension 3100 PC Desktop

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My lacie drive fell off desktop and is not recognized as readable by my Mac. What chance do I have of recovering the data?


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 ]

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpY8c7lT_7k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax390l2A-AY

Observe the other videos also.

Examples of both a SATA 2.5 external enclosure, and a SATA 3.5 SATA enclosure,
(The Harddrive's width is measured in inches. (2-1/2 inches for a laptop drive, 3-1/2 inches for a desktop drive)

SATA 2.5 external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

SATA 3.5 external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4421576&CatId=2780


For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 02, 2011 | LaCie Hard Disk design by Neil Poulton...

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My Lacie external drive clicks but won't spin up. It is about a year old, maybe less. It was working fine and just stopped working. It has not been dropped. In fact it hasn't been moved.


Your harddrive is bad, the motor bearing that spins your cylinder heads is damaged, even though the harddrive hasn't been dropped, or removed, this is a result of faulty and cheap product. Theres nothing you can do to replace the motor bearing, you will need to just get a new harddrive and install into the external hd enclosure or get a new external drive. If you decide you want to recover your files, you will need to take this harddrive out and maybe take it to bestbuy/ office depot where they will have to send your harddrive out to a data recovery center. They might be able to recover some data, or all, or none. It is a pricey move to take this step.

Jan 28, 2011 | LaCie Hard Disk 1TB Desktop with Hi-Speed...

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My hd with power but cannot detect by pc due to fall in the floor while using it. lots of important data and pics


Is this problem for an IOmega Prestige 500GB external harddrive?

While I wait for you to post in a Comment,

1) Inside that external harddrive's case, is a Harddrive just like what is used in a laptop computer.
The harddrive's case measures 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches)

The harddrive is a SATA harddrive. (Serial ATA)

At one end of the harddrive is a series of connector pins. These pins plug into a female connector, or receptacle.
The receptacle is called an Interface.

http://www.allpinouts.org/index.php/Serial_ATA_%28SATA,_Serial_Advanced_Technology_Attachment%29

The Interface will have connections for Data, (Information), and Power. (Socket holes that match the pins on the SATA harddrive)

In the link above the data, and power connections for the Iomega external harddrive, will probably be a combined unit. As shown in the 8th illustration down, in the above link.

The Interface can be soldered directly to a circuit board, (PCB, or Printed Circuit Board), or will be attached to the circuit board through wires.

Usually it is the circuit board that is the problem. Components burn out, or circuit traces on the circuit board are burned apart.
(Think of a circuit trace as being a very flat, thin copper wire)

There may be a situation where the harddrive itself has come loose from the Interface. Doesn't have to be very loose to make a bad connection, resulting in the external harddrive will not work.

My proposed solution:

Open the external harddrive's external enclosure, (Case), and see if you can see any readily apparent visual signs as stated above.

No visual signs that show you that you can just plug the Interface onto the harddrive, making a tight connection?
Or plug the harddrive into the Interface, if the Interface is soldered to the circuit board?
Or no obvious signs of blackened spots on the circuit traces?

It could be that one, or more I.C.'s are bad, and are not readily visible.
(I.C. = Integrated Circuit)

Weigh buying a used Iomega Prestige 500GB USB 2.0 harddrive, and use it's circuit board, and external enclosure, against what a professional recovery service will want to recover your data.
Not trying to be trite. Am asking you to weigh the costs.

One place that came up in a search just now, that is supposed to have used Iomega Prestige 500GB USB 2.0 external harddrives,

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001D7REIK/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used


How to open the external enclosure:

Remove the external harddrive from the stand. Remove labels for access to screws. The screws will probably be Torx screws. A star shaped recess in the screw head,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx

May be Philips head screws, but I'm betting on Torx. (Probably metric Torx also)
You should be able to find a cheap set of Torx screwdrivers at an auto parts store. Perhaps just the bits to use in a 1/4 inch nutdriver.

Once the screws are removed the internal parts slide out of one end, or the case comes apart in two halves, and the ends come off.
(Internal parts being the harddrive, and circuit board)

Not a very professional,approach, just for an added source of opening an external harddrive's case,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ_vjyvK28A

Nov 01, 2010 | Iomega Prestige 500 GB USB 20 Hard Drive

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Playstation 3 (PS3) Console: i put in my resident evil game and it said theres ...


Your PS3 may have an error in the harddrive that causes this, I recommend that you buy a new harddrive that is cheap. and copy save data onto it then clear all memory on the original harddrive. It may also be a corrupted save.

May 17, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Seagate external harddrive with windows 98 OS


Remove (or take to your local computer shop) the Win 98 hard drive from the computer.
Put this drive in an external USB drive enclosure.
Plug this enclosure into a Windows XP vintage computer.
Copy the data to this computer.

Save Win 98 drive for posterity!

Regards,
GuruTim

Jan 04, 2010 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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My unit is not powering on. I plugged in an 18v power supply into the unit and it was on for a few seconds and then shut off. Did I burn out the unit?


thirdjonesbo,
This solution will be rather lengthy. I apologize for the length of it in advance, but feel it is necessary to explain my possible solution.
Please bear with me.
joecoolvette

Inside the external harddrive case is a SATA harddrive.
The SATA harddrive plugs into a small circuit board, via an interface connector, OR small cables.

[Interface Connector.
On the back of a SATA harddrive are metal pins that stick out. The ones to be concerned with are the 15 pins for Power, and the 7 pins for Data. The 15 pins for Power are grouped together, as well as the 7 pins for Data. An Interface is simply a connector that has socket holes in it, that the pins stick into.

If you have never seen a harddrive, much less a SATA harddrive, the above statement will be as clear as mud.
Let me show you the pins on the back of a SATA harddrive, to help clarify this,

http://www.interfacebus.com/SATA_Pinout.html

Under the heading - Serial ATA Signal Assignments, view the illustration.

On the right you will see the Power Cable, headed towards the Power Connector. If you could enlarge this illustration you would see there are 15 pins.

On the left you will see the Signal Cable, headed towards the Signal Connector. Again, if you could enlarge this illustration you would see there are 7 pins. Signal is also Data.

(Data = Information. Information is processed back, and forth to the harddrive through this cable)

An Interface connector is rectangular in shape, and has socket holes to fit these pins.

Or, as stated above, it may have two small cables as shown in the illustration, and they plug into the Power, and Signal (Data) pins.

Either an Interface connector, or two small cables lead up to a small circuit board.

IT MAY BE that you are fortunate, and the circuit board bore the brunt of the overload of voltage, and did not get to the SATA harddrive inside.

My suggestion would be what I would do myself. This suggestion may not be what you would do.

I would open the external harddrive case, and look for obvious signs of electronics failure on the circuit board, and on the harddrive itself.
The harddrive also has a circuit board. It's on the bottom of the harddrive.

If you see obvious signs of damage such as,
1.Black marks on any of the various electronic components, or 2.Electronic components that have melted, swelled up, or look burned,
on the circuit board of the SATA harddrive, then you may want to stop here.

The 'cure' may be more costly, than the information you have saved on this external harddrive.

But,
IF, the circuit board of the SATA harddrive looked good to me, I would risk a small amount of money, to see if I could get the harddrive to work again.
Again, just my personal preference, and not direct advise that this is what you should do.

I would buy an External Enclosure, and install the SATA harddrive in it. The External Enclosure also has a circuit board inside, and uses a USB cable to connect to the computer, just like the External harddrive that you have now.

Average cost for a decent external enclosure for a SATA harddrive is around $30 USD.

Here is an example, (Not an advertisement for the external enclosure manufacturer, or said website),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

The external enclosures come with info about how to open the enclosure, and install the SATA harddrive.

Should you have gotten this far, thank you for your time.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 21, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB...

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I have two dell computers. A dell Optima GX270 with an 80 Gig harddrive (that is my primary business computer) and a Dimension E310 P4 with an 80 Gig harddrive with a hidden reserve harddrive. The Optima...


To know which is which all you need to is look on the harddrive to the back where the jacks go when you remove the jacks you will see a little plastic jack on two pins you can remove the jack to make the harddrive reserve once you remove this jack the hardddrive is know longer the main one.If you any problems please let me know thank you. (rate me)

Jan 13, 2009 | Dell Dimension E310 PC Desktop

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