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Title: Dead Drive
Post by: bones615 on January 29, 2011, 05:28:30 PM
The dear wife managed to knock my old external hard drive off the desk (my fault obviously for leaving the cable where she could trip on it). Connectors on the back for tv are shot, power connecter? no strange noises. Ive powered it up via usb and it worked for a couple of minutes, wiggled power & it worked for a couple of minutes. Question is should i put the 3.5" drive in my computer as a slave to see if it will go, will it cock anything else up? can i mix NTFS (main) & Fat32 drives? Nothing of any great importance on there & its only 160gb but extra gb's always handy.

Simon
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: Skhilled on January 29, 2011, 08:09:38 PM
If it has serial or sata connections in the back of it and your PC supports it then yes, you can install it internally without any problems...providing you have the necessary cables.

Whether it's NTFS or fat32 shouldn't be an issue as it's only a slave. I have 2 slaves myself. ;)
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: Mick on January 29, 2011, 08:59:49 PM
Or you could buy a external hard drive enclosure for about £20 and stick it in there.   ;)
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: Skhilled on January 29, 2011, 09:06:50 PM
Hmmm, I didn't know you could buy cases. LOL
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: Mick on January 29, 2011, 09:14:25 PM
Hmmm, I didn't know you could buy cases. LOL

I've got one here, it's been very handy.  Enclosures (http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/enclosures/715_7053_70057_xx_xx/xx-criteria.html?sSortInfo=topsellers-desc)

I've used it to recover files from old clunky drives which wont boot a PC.  Saved my life a couple of times.  Plus you can use all your old drives and use them for backup.  ;)
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: Skhilled on January 29, 2011, 09:32:42 PM
Ah! Now I remember seeing them in the stores. I never thought I'd need one but with all of the old drives I've got lying about who knows? I'm sure I've got a 20mb drive lying about. ..yes 20 megabytes! LOL
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: bones615 on January 30, 2011, 08:55:50 AM
Thanks guys, this was in a media player enclosure with remote for watching things on tv  ;)
I think it will be replaced with one of these.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sumvision-Cyclone-Micro-Media-Player/dp/B0030DL3SC/ref=pd_cp_ce_1
So I am about to put this drive in my pc.

Simon
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: jeza on January 30, 2011, 07:12:25 PM
Bones have you considered getting rid of your wife. Save on wear and tear on your important stuff.
Just a thought.
 :dance:
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: Skhilled on January 30, 2011, 07:13:38 PM
LOL! Hmmm, don't get me started...
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: bones615 on January 31, 2011, 05:12:23 PM
The thought had crossed my mind (regularly), but it would be a toss up as to weather i would starve first or run out of clean clothes.

Simon
Title: Re: Dead Drive
Post by: bones615 on January 31, 2011, 06:51:11 PM
Update
1st reboot after installation = blue screen, tried again and everything seems fine, all files are still there and my weary old pc should be good for a bit longer.