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Windows Thread, Help laptop hard disk failure!!! in Technical; Originally Posted by crc-ict Originally Posted by CyberNerd Also get an IDE to laptop IDE cable form CPC - about ...
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    Re: Help laptop hard disk failure!!!

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    Also get an IDE to laptop IDE cable form CPC - about £3 so you can plug into a desktop
    Last time I used one of those (several moons ago) it fried the drive... An object lesson in making sure the connector is the right way round I think!
    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but which way around do you connect it? I'm about to do this now and frying the drive is not an option. I know the red strip means pin 1, but which is pin 1? :S

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    Re: Help laptop hard disk failure!!!

    I have done this plus used easyrecovery pro from ontrack for just said purpose and it worked excellent recovered 5Gb data but took quite a long time nearly a week but this was due to all the small files. You can set it to recover specific files, directories or whole drives.

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    Re: Help laptop hard disk failure!!!

    Lol yeah but which way around does it go? I wouldn't have been too worried if it wasn't for people saying they had fried the drive doing it in the past. I need to check now before I can do it

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    Re: Help laptop hard disk failure!!!

    The one I have has a blocked hole to key it to the drive and I've not fried one yet.

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    Re: Help laptop hard disk failure!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    The one I have has a blocked hole to key it to the drive and I've not fried one yet.

    Ben
    Unfortunately the one I bought over the weekend doesn't have the blocked hole .

    This is the one I bought: link

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    Re: Help laptop hard disk failure!!!

    Okay, I got the info I needed off the web.

    For anyone who may or may not need it in the future:

    On a laptop hard drive there are 2 groups of pins. One group has 43 pins and the other has 4 pins. The pin 1 is located on the side closer to the group of 4 pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mullet_man View Post
    Yeah the laptop sees another drive fine, so it is the HD that is dead!!
    Not necessarily. My harddrive wouldn't read/format - even windows said "you may have a damaged disk", I tried a lot of things/many people even on here said the harddrive was nackered - I wouldn't accept it though. Someone mentioned downloading a harddrive utility from seagate, I ran a long test (4hours). 8 errors appeared, repaired the errors - booom! Drive back functioning correctly! ))))

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