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My brother's old PC (6 years old) is running a 200GB IDE drive and yesterday the computer wouldn't even detect the drive. So I put it into my computer and booted it as a slave drive; it worked surprisingly. I managed to get his important files out, but one thing is noticed is, the thing unmounts itself like 10 minutes after I boot my computer. The only way to remount it is to reboot.

Anyone have any idea whats going on?

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it sounds almost like the drive's logic board is dying, but the internals are fine, see if you can find another of the same drive on ebay or something, and swap out the PCBs
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It's obviously dying. I assume it's controller related. Being a 6+ year old, small, slow, IDE drive, why not just replace it?
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it sounds almost like the drive's logic board is dying, but the internals are fine, see if you can find another of the same drive on ebay or something, and swap out the PCBs

Yes, that, but finding an identical drive would likely be more expensive than picking up a brand new bottom-line drive, and include removing the PCB and soldering on a new one. The new drive would also likely be faster, larger, and have an active warranty.
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Thanks for responding guys, didn't have much hope for this hunk of junk anyways tongue.gif

My dad already told me to start looking for parts to replace the entire PC (it runs like a turtle). I was just seeing if I could save this and use it for extra storage.

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Quote:
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it sounds almost like the drive's logic board is dying, but the internals are fine, see if you can find another of the same drive on ebay or something, and swap out the PCBs
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Thanks for responding guys, didn't have much hope for this hunk of junk anyways tongue.gif
My dad already told me to start looking for parts to replace the entire PC (it runs like a turtle). I was just seeing if I could save this and use it for extra storage.

I'd suggest you just replace the whole computer at this point. upgrading the current one to any kind of modern useful system would require replacing almost every single part anyway, and would be the same price if not more expensive due to legacy components than a faster new rig would be.

Plus, you can wipe the old one clean and use it as a home server or something.
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