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Wierd question. My friends puter just quit working so he wanted me to take a look. I found that the hard drive is not spinning up with the ide cable attached but when i unplug the ide cable it takes off just fine. I have tried different drives with the same result. Any ideas

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Just change ide cable and port also

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I am looking for a usb cable to connect my computer to a Toshiba HDD2D60 160MB hard drive that I took out of a dead laptop. I cannot find a cable to fit the 22-pin hard drive.


Hmmm, I presume that by "22-pin hard drive," you are referring to an IDE hard drive. A laptop IDE hard drive has two rows of 22 pins with one of the pins actually missing on the bottom row. This is used as a key to insure that the hard drive is installed properly. The Toshiba drive that you mentioned is a SATA drive which is based on completely different technology and will not work inside a laptop that uses IDE. As such, you have two items that are incompatible.

If what you want is something that will potentially allow you to use an IDE hard drive on a modern computer, then you can get an external 2.5-inch IDE enclosure and attach that by USB. These are easily found at places such as NewEgg ( http://www.newegg.com/ ) and are fairly inexpensive with the more reliable units typically being around $15-20.

One word of caution, though: if you have a hard drive based on IDE technology, chances are that it is old, slow, and quite possibly already dead, so you may be wasting money on something that is not really worth your time.

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A computer website. But, this will only work if your drive works in a computer as a hard drive. Connect it to your computer using the relevant leads (SATA or IDE) and see if it works, You will need to remove it from the original case first. The controllers in hard drive portable cases is the weak link in these pieces of hardware.

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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.

if a new cable does not fix it, then the hard drive itself may have failed. install the hard drive in a DIFFERENT working computer as a secondary (slave drive) by installing it to the middle connector of the IDE cable (IDE cables have a connector for the "master" or only drive at the end, and a plug for a "slave" drive in the middle of the cable), and see if you can access it. it will probably show up as the "E" drive under "computer" or "my computer". if it does not show up, check and see if it shows up under "administrative tools>computer management>disk management". if the drive is not showing up, then it is dead. if the drive works in the second computer, then the IDE CONTROLLER is the culprit.

if the motherboard's integrated IDE controller is dead, you may want to try the OTHER IDE controller socket. most computers from that era have 2 IDE controller sockets, and usually attach the hard drive(s) to one, and the cd/dvd rom(s) to the other. since the hard drive cables have plugs for 2 devices, you can attach both the hard drive and a single cd/dvd drive to the 2nd ide controller socket, in cases where the 1st ide controller soocet no longer works. attach the hard drive to the end of the IDE cable, and the cd/dvd drive to the middle of the IDE cable, as the "master" or boot device should always be attached to the end of the IDE cable.

you can also purchase an add-in, pci card ATA/IDE controller card, and use this instead of the motherboard's integrated IDE controller sockets.

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Hi friend,

this is not your system problem. it is your wire problem. You need to change your hard drive cable then try.

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You system probably supports IDE hard disks up to 200GB in size. It all depends on what chipset was used on your motherboard. Since it is a PIII system, the 200GB limit is most likely quite solid. Although, you can get past this by installing a PCI card that can handle larger capacity drives. You could also opt for using a SATA controller, but you will be limited to SATA-150 instead of the more current SATA-300 with a PCI interface.

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If the BIOS is not detecting your hard drive, then there are two possible suspects here. Could just be your hard drive or it also be your motherboard.

If you have already reseated your hard drive and memory and the symptoms are still the same, then go to the nearest local computer shop that sells HP. Have them try a known-good hard drive on your system. If it works, purchase a new hard drive. If it doesn't work, your mobo needs to be replaced.

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I can help you with the technicalities, but you'll have to find a friend who has a computer you can "borrow".

Alternatively, you can probably find a local computer shop that can provide this as a service, though you'd certainly have to pay.

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Please make sure your HDD are in proper configuration. An IDE device have two cofigurations. Master and slave. Any motherboard will have two IDEs. Primary and Secondary. You can connect two drives to one IDE in Master and slave configuration. This is determined by setting a small pin called jumper setting. You should visit the following website to know more about setting jumper for a Hard disk. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/installation_assistance/jumper_setting_illustrations/ http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=ATA_Jumper_Settings&vgnextoid=cbc974850ce0e010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD This way you could solve your problem.

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