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Windows 7: Cannibalizing A Hard drive


29 Jan 2010   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Cannibalizing A Hard drive

Is there somewhere that a person can purchase dead hardware? I need to buy a harddrive like one that I have, that has spent months in the closet, because I broke the guide vane off the SATA data cable connector. Seagate won't sell parts, and even a used drive in working condition on eBay is expensive. I checked Craigs List and found nothing. I hate letting it collect dust, because it was nearly new when I broke it.


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06 Feb 2010   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm the kind of person that likes tearing things apart to see how they tick, and sometimes actually put them back together working. Thus, I dug out the box of dead harddrives from the closet and chose a WDC drive to experiment on. From what I could see, with testing equipment or the knowledge to use them, the only thing that I found was that some of the contact points and circuits appear discolored, either by corrosion, heat or simply a difference in the thickness of the material used.

On this particular drive, I have a hunch that replacing the board might fix the drive, but I haven't had much luck locating other drives for sale as parts. Since Seagate won't sell parts, I'm assuming the other drive manufacturers won't either. Thus, I'm wondering if their suppliers might? Or better yet, if there are any places that distribute such parts?

I wasn't really aware that harddrives had firmware involved, until learning about the issues with some Seagate drives, but this has caused me to wonder if installing a new firmware...or just reinstalling the old firmware might solve some drive's problems...kind of like flashing the BIOS of a motherboard?

These drives will probably end up in the dumpster, but for now they present a challenge and a way to kill time...plus I've always been something of a packrat, keeping useless things around longer than a person should.
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06 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

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06 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

There is a combined power and data cable that fits over both connectors, if one is OK it may support the weight for both.
I have used one of them on a Raptor that I broke the guide on and it worked with the help of good old duct tape.
Replacing circuit boards is VERY hit or miss and i would not recommend buying parts that MAY work.

http://www.cooldrives.com/18inseatadac.html
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06 Feb 2010   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
There is a combined power and data cable that fits over both connectors, if one is OK it may support the weight for both.
I have used one of them on a Raptor that I broke the guide on and it worked with the help of good old duct tape.
Replacing circuit boards is VERY hit or miss and i would not recommend buying parts that MAY work.

20 inch Serial ATA Data Cable with Power Adapter
I didn't know that such a cable was available. If nothing else, it might provide a stopgap, until I found a better solution. Thanks.
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06 Feb 2010   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
Thanks, I'm going to check these out, but it looks as though it will take some digging. At least it is a place to start.
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06 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I make wind chimes and mirrors out of the disks in my old hard drives...
But you need various torx screw drivers to disassemble them.
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06 Feb 2010   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

kodi,

Apparently, the website that you linked is under construction, and it won't let me order a cable. I checked on eBay and found a number of similar cables, but either they were the long cable or they didn't specify the length. I would tolerate a cable that is too long, but two other thoughts came to mind...if I were to install this harddrive in my primary rig, the space between the drive and the side panel is very tight, and I would like to have a cable with a right angle connector, but this doesn't appear to be available. Thus I'm wondering how the length of the connector portion of the cable compares to a regular cable?

If it is too tight for the primary, I could install it on the secondary, but it would be nice to have a choice.
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06 Feb 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pieloi View Post
I make wind chimes and mirrors out of the disks in my old hard drives...
But you need various torx screw drivers to disassemble them.
I have a torx set that fits.
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06 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

There is a lot of different ones available I just linked to the first one I came across.It could be to your advantage if the space is tight as it would help hold the cable in. I used THIS ONE
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