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post #1 of 61
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Hello my fellow overclockers.

I stupidly dropped my External Harddrive onto hardwood floor.


Upon turning it on it made a repeating clicking sound as if it were trying to read the harddrive but could not.

I opened it up and took out the harddrive knowing I could somehow plug it into my rig and hopefully it would work and I could save 4+ years worth of data.

Here's the harddrive out of the shell:


Here's the plugs on the back:


I recognize the power port. My PSU has plenty extra power cables hanging out of it right now. What I don't have or know is the widest port on there. What cable do I need to attach that to my mobo? Any product links would be awesome. I'd also need to know where on the mobo it goes...

My current HD has completely ports in the back, they're they thin little strips and are tiny compared to the massive pin style plug on this external HD.
Edited by rogueblade - 4/6/11 at 2:03pm
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post #2 of 61
That's an IDE port. So you need an IDE cable.

Also the power is a Molex connector just as an FYI.
    
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post #3 of 61
wow you got an IDE drive.
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post #4 of 61
If it made constant clicking noises and you couldn't get to the data...
"oops" is about all I can say.

IDE (most other types too) do a pre-connect post and won't talk if they're pooched.
post #5 of 61
If you've dropped your hard drive, it's toast. You're not getting anything off it by trying to use it.
post #6 of 61
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Thanks guys. I have to at least try.
Will this cable do it?
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/dynamo...43278-pdt.html
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post #7 of 61
Have you tried reseating the IDE and power connectors? It is possible that they may have come loose when you dropped it.
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Yeah. I can't believe there are some people who don't deal with this cable at least once a week .
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post #9 of 61
First off, I'd like to say that I now feel old when it comes to computer parts. Someone asking what a standard HDD cable is just does not compute.

That said, I will confirm that it is an IDE cable with a Molex power. Should plug right into your computer assuming you have that port on your MB (some don't even include it anymore).
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post #10 of 61
You mean you don't have an IDE cable lying around somewhere?

That cable will do it, damn overpriced though, check ebay. I'd say it's always worth a go when you've got that much stuff on it, might get it to work for a little, I've done that before with a dying hard drive. Good luck and all.
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