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Shorted 12V on input to drive


Basically 2 options I think.
1. If you feel comfortable working with electronics, familiar with a DVM (looks like) and a soldering iron, it possible to check the electronic board of the HD. You need to do component level check of that PCB. Some of these old HDs have a reverse protection diode installed right after the power connector. At times it could be the surface mounted capacitor. The worst is the servo drive that powers the motor. Normally, the 12V in an HD is for use of the motor while the 5V is for the logic circuitry.

2. If you need to replace the HD, just about any hard drive should work for your PIII (just not the new big ones). Sources would be your neighborhood computer repair shops or a neighbor/friend who's got a defective PC and would probably just throw them away rather than have them repaired. You can salvaged the parts and hopefully a working HD. Most also would already have Win98SE and transition from one system to another in 98 would not be that much of a hassle. You can then use your original Windows key.

3. Should you get one that has no OS, you can use an OEM Windows installer and still use you original CD key.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things worked out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.
12/24/2007 3:25:39 AM • Seagate U5... • Answered on Dec 24, 2007

32 GB hard drive limitation

WinXP & Win2k cannot create FAT32 partitions larger than 32 GB.IF you want to use partitions larger than 32GB in WinXp then you will need to install a third party partition tool like Partition magic. Partition magic is probably the best coz i have formatted my 200GB HDD in 2 mins flat!
10/8/2007 10:01:33 PM • Seagate U5... • Answered on Oct 08, 2007

Physical damage

If you have spilled solder in this way you can use some solder wick to soak up the errant solder, solder wick, is a braided copper string designed to collect melted solder, simply apply the solder wick to the aggregated solder and melt, the wick will soak up the solder, you can then cut off the saturated section of wick and continue to soak up the spilled solder, then just refresh any solder points you have removed the solder from.
10/8/2007 2:43:22 PM • Seagate U5... • Answered on Oct 08, 2007

Seagate Portable Hard drive 4TB, part number 2N1AP6-500

Hi, Please put your computer into safe mode before attempting to connect to the hard drive again. Safe mode turns some feature off when activated so whatever program is forcing the shutdown might have be paused when connecting to the external hard drive. Also, try connecting the hard drive to a non-laptop intermediary device and then connecting that device to your computer and attempting to access the hard drive folder within the intermediary drive. Thank you.
11/11/2022 2:11:28 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Nov 11, 2022

How to recover data from a dead Seagate external hard drive on my Computer?

Should be careful with the data file deposited on the Seagate external hard drive. your Seagate external hard drive might be dead or corrupted. In this situation, you might need to rely on data recovery software to get back data and files on the dead Seagate external hard drive. So you can rely on data recovery software to get back lost data and files when the Seagate external hard drive is dead and inaccessible. Data recovery hong kong technician provide the Ontrack EasyRecovery data recovery services are able to recover data and files from accidentally formatting, corruption, virus attack, dead, system crash under different situations Seagate external hard drive on Windows Computer. This data recovery software allows you to deep scan the dead Seagate external hard drive so as to find out almost all lost files with original quality in a short time. You can also rely on this software to recover files from dead/damaged Seagate external hard drive. The software supports to get more recover: Seagate External hard drive, data file, documents, PDF, Excel, photos, music, and videos any HFS, HFS, FAT, ExFAT, and NTFS format based data and file and more. It will recover data and file from all external storage devices that can be recognized by your Windows PC Computer/Laptop. Hope this helps you get to recover all your lost data and files from your dead Seagate External hard drive.
10/8/2021 1:02:33 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Oct 08, 2021

What enclosure is compatible with a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA Drive?

10/3/2021 8:21:41 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Oct 03, 2021

Need restore my RAW file system back to NTFS without losing any hard drive files?

There are two options for you to get your drive stuffs back right now: 1). Do not format this RAW file system external hard drive temporarily and plunge it to your PC. And then, choose and apply RAW external hard drive data recovery software to scan this drive and find your preferred drive files back as many as possible. 2). Directly consult some professional data recovery services from some data recovery companies or agencies. In the future, remember to save copies of everything important on at least two devices in case of any similar data loss issues.
1/5/2021 2:43:04 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Jan 05, 2021

I have seagate plugged in and attached to my computer. I downloaded the program but I get the message connect a dashboard enhanced drive to activate features ??

Can you please provide more detail on the program you are downloading, the model of drive, and model of computer?On the face of it, the program seems to be saying it is not compatible with the model of drive you have plugged in, or that the drive has been reformatted in a way that is not compatible. Does the drive show up in the File Explorer / Finder of the machine?after comment : ok, if you can drag and drop files onto it, then That means it is operational, and recognized by the system. The next question is why you can’t install the Seagate Desktop software. Where did you get the software from? Try going to Seagate Support and looking up your drive model, and doing a fresh download of the software they have for that model. Alternatively, there are other backup software packages available, Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, and others. You can find reliable downloads of utility software at downloads.com (CNET) or look for reviews from PcWorld or PCMagazine for their recommendations of the best paid and free backup software
10/20/2019 9:49:12 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Oct 20, 2019

Necesito controlador para Seagate medalist 4310

I need controller for (English please) in a computer,. or DVR or what, where does this HDD go? Medalist 4310 (ST34310A) built in 1999 (20 years old ) why use any drive this old. why? it's useless. my wild guess, is this you have a PC and ustated PC has SATA only ports (modern) and this old old HDD is PATA drive, with ribbon cable wide. and you think it can run on modern PC. well they do sell cards (PCI-e) that fit and work. 4.31GB is the size , holds about 1 top movie . are you going to boot from this drive, if yes, very complex answer I will skip here. (ask maker of card , if it can) newegg.com has them all, any thing you can dream of , is there. if you look. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4UB8ZU9127&Description=pci-e%2c%20pata%20IDE%20card&cm_re=pci-e%2c_pata_IDE_card-_-17Z-0007-00AF2-_-Product again, no PC stated, no OS stated. nor of booting is needed to the PATA relic drive. from 1999.
4/8/2019 1:42:01 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Apr 08, 2019

Hi, I accidentally dropped my 2 tb Seagate expansion disc and now its making funny noises andm it wont even read on my windows 8 computer. Can some 1 help me please?

unfortunately it appears that the internals are shot if the funny noise is a clicking sound or squeal then the repair is a new hd unit as they are generally not repairable.
3/27/2019 9:36:59 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Mar 27, 2019

How to recover data from a dead Seagate external hard drive for beginners

Tutorial to recover data from dead Seagate external hard drive

Step 1: Download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer. Step 2: Connect the dead Seagate external hard drive to your computer. Step 3: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery and choose the dead Seagate external hard drive. Step 4: Click "Next" to search for lost files on the dead Seagate external hard drive. Step 5: Preview the searching results. After that, select the lost data and click the "Recover" button to get them back. Step 6: Have a check to ensure all lost data have been recovered.
3/27/2019 3:00:21 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Mar 27, 2019

Seagate backup plus is beeping and will not pull up on computer?? Yes when i plug in my hard drive, nothing pops up, but hard drive is flashing and making a beeping sound. HELP?

Could be a lost boot sector. Download Testdisk and use it to recreate the boot sector.
2/21/2019 8:39:14 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Feb 21, 2019

Can I format the seagate plus drive to win & mac and is so how?

Hi, Format the drive in Windows and the MAC will read it fine ..
2/19/2019 4:49:08 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Feb 19, 2019

My laptop does not read my seagate external hard drive. It does work on my work computor

Try the following, change the usb port you are plugging it into.
2/7/2019 10:38:48 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Feb 07, 2019

I have plugged in my new Seagate 3TB expansion harddrive and blue light is flashing, but it does not show under My PC?

whom i think youre seagate is on reading mode or not yet ready to use due to its still reading the data in the disk try the link below so you can follow there instructuions HDD External Hard Drive Corrupted and Unreadable Storage
12/29/2018 9:26:13 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Dec 29, 2018


you might have to go in and setup the drive. most new drives are not set up. you have to go in and setup the drive and format it for it to work
12/20/2018 8:41:27 AM • Seagate... • Answered on Dec 20, 2018

External hdd seagate can't connect to my laptop

I usually figure 2 or 3 years for a hard drive life cycle. After that, I figure I'm on borrowed time. First try to check the disk for errors. Then try to delete the volume on the disc, then format - be sure to click "restore defaults".
11/15/2018 2:58:21 PM • Seagate... • Answered on Nov 15, 2018
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