What a wally! I inadvertently connected my Maxtor D540X-4D while power was on and there was a bit of a spark. I didn't try to connect it up again until recently. I connected it as the master first. It didn't work (no boot device detected). I then tried it as a slave to a working disk. It wasn't detected in Device Manager (XP) or in My Computer. I then bought a usb device to connect internal drives to a usb port...it fails to be recognised as a hard drive and can't be acessed. (the usb connector is recognised).
This hard drive has many important files (family photos/projects/etc) which I know I should have backed up. Can anyone tell me whether I can fix the problem by replacing the PCB, or does it sound a bit more complicated?
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Re: I shorted my 40GB!!
Hi theres a couple of ways i can think of,
1st, buy a replacement board but needs to be the same model and just replace it. you might get a cheap one from ebay.
2nd, if you phone maxtor and tell them u have a faulty hard drive, with important files they ask you to send it to them and they give you a price to get the information off, i cant remember how much it was the last time but its possible.
all the best, and gl retrieving the info..
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There is a jumper located near the power plug and on the label there should be a configuration table. Primary, slave or cable select. Double check to see the data ribon cable type the newer ones 7600 RPM I believe has a dense wire ribon texture for faster data transfer, I did not believe it when I first saw it eather.. I believe that may have to use the older standard ribon data cable. And check the config of that jumper
you are not likely get parts for a hard drive.
You simply replace them.
If you have data to remove then there is a plethora of software to down load.[ PCIspector/BadCopy Pro to name but 2]
You could also put it into the freezer overnight and try running it before it warms up.