I have an old dell computer, the hard drive inside is a maxtor d540x-4k. It stopped working on me and i took it to a friend who knows a bit, he used it as a slave but couldn't get it to power up, he thinks that i may need to replace the pcb on the side of the drive, which i can do, but i have no idea where to get 1? do you think this is the problem? if so where can i pick up a new pcb? the data on the drive is v important but i can't afford the silly money the data recovery people are aasking!
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Re: 60gb hard drive is knackered
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.
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In general, hard drives are guaranteed by the manufacturer for one year. 3 years on premium drives. I don't consider older Maxtor drives premium! (probably personal bias). I would think any 80GB IDE drive would work
Assuming this was your only hard disk, there is nothing on the disk for the BIOS to boot from. You need to boot from the installation disk for your operating system. The OS installer will then let you create a partition and install to it.