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I pulled out a 2.5 inch 44 pin IDE hard drive from my dead laptop. I do not believe that this HDD was dead, because I would have at least seen the BIOS screen on that laptop. So I believe that laptop had a dead CPU or mobo.

Anyway I bought myself a 44pin to 40pin adapter so that I could hook up that HDD to my sig rig in order to salvage the data. Hooked it all up correctly (after a few tries), but when I turned on my computer I couldn't hear or feel any life from the hard drive. It would not show up in the BIOS either. I don't think there are any BIOS settings I have to adjust either because I use an IDE DVD drive that appears in the BIOS whenever it's plugged in. Didn't have it hooked up at the same time as the hard drive so this isn't a master/slave issue. Also not a jumper issue.

Am wondering if diskmgmt.msc would help?

wat do.
Edited by cuad - 4/6/11 at 6:51pm
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Most liekly dead.
    
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I pulled out a 2.5 inch 44 pin IDE hard drive from my dead laptop. I do not believe that this HDD was dead, because I would have at least seen the BIOS screen on that laptop. So I believe that laptop had a dead CPU or mobo.

Anyway I bought myself a 44pin to 40pin adapter so that I could hook up that HDD to my sig rig in order to salvage the data. Hooked it all up correctly (after a few tries), but when I turned on my computer I couldn't hear or feel any life from the hard drive. It would not show up in the BIOS either. I don't think there are any BIOS settings I have to adjust either because I use an IDE DVD drive that appears in the BIOS whenever it's plugged in. Didn't have it hooked up at the same time as the hard drive so this isn't a master/slave issue.

wat do.
If you don't notice it spinning up and you have connected it correctly it's probably dead. That's probably why the laptop didn't completely startup even to the bios screen. They are set to auto detect the hard drive and quite often will hang before the bios screen if a dead hard drive is connected. You can try tapping lightly on the side of the drive (the narrow side) with a small screwdriver to see if that breaks it loose, but it's probably beyond hope. And when I say tap, I mean tap. Not hit, strike, beat on. smack, etc., just a few light taps.
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Did you connect the drive to power?
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Well thank you both. I didn't want to accept the obvious cause I had memories on that disk.

I would like to share my rage over the design choice to, in your words, hang before the BIOS screen if a dead hard drive is connected. It doesn't make sense to me for someone trying to troubleshoot, and cost me a laptop.

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Did you connect the drive to power?
The adapter had one of those molex connecters which I hooked up, yes.
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There is nothing wrong with that design. If it cost you a laptop it isn't due to the design, but due to user error.
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