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    Hi all,
    I've recently bought a broken hard drive off ebay, it was sold as broken. This might sound like a very stupid idea. It might be, but let me explain my thinking. The people selling them sell tonnes of them all the time. They get them from hardware suppliers technical departments. They don't check them and sell them as faulty with the idea being that some of them are not faulty, because the technical departments will quite often just plug in a new drive rather than waste time trying to fix the old one. So therefore you buy a cheap drive, that may need a little fixing. Here's where you guys come in.
    It arrived this morning so I duly plugged the drive in as a primary master, and the only drive connected on the IDE channel. I think I can hear it spin up and stay spinning. However when I go into the bios to detect it, it doesn't appear. Not only does it not appear, the bit where it usually says [None] next to where it says Primary Master in the bios is totally blank, not even [ ].

    I was wondering if anyone had any bright ideas, as it's quite a good drive other than the not working thing. 40Gb 5400rpm.
    Cheers
    Ben
    Hardware:- VIA EPIA MII 12000 LVDS 1.2Ghz : 137.95 + 512Mb PC2100 DDR Memory : 49.34 + Opus 150w Shuttle PSU: 128 + 7 Lilliput 629 Touchscreen: 173.90 + 2.5 40Gb 5200rpm Laptop Drive + Slotload Laptop CD-RW/DVD-ROM + Hauppage WinTV-PCI-FM : 53.95

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    I know, I know.
    It was a bad idea to start with, but I had just been caught up in a load of auction excitement, and before I knew what I'd done I' convinced myself and made a bid.
    Hardware:- VIA EPIA MII 12000 LVDS 1.2Ghz : 137.95 + 512Mb PC2100 DDR Memory : 49.34 + Opus 150w Shuttle PSU: 128 + 7 Lilliput 629 Touchscreen: 173.90 + 2.5 40Gb 5200rpm Laptop Drive + Slotload Laptop CD-RW/DVD-ROM + Hauppage WinTV-PCI-FM : 53.95

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    • #4
      Originally posted by phatbenny
      it's quite a good drive other than the not working thing.
      Good in what way then? As a door stop, or a paperweight?

      If it won't detect in the bios, chances are that it's hosed. Sounds like you got exactly what you bought.
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      • #5
        Good as in, if the drive worked it would be a good one.
        Or good as in, if you don't mind the fact it doesn't work then it would a good one.
        Open to your own interpretation.
        Hardware:- VIA EPIA MII 12000 LVDS 1.2Ghz : 137.95 + 512Mb PC2100 DDR Memory : 49.34 + Opus 150w Shuttle PSU: 128 + 7 Lilliput 629 Touchscreen: 173.90 + 2.5 40Gb 5200rpm Laptop Drive + Slotload Laptop CD-RW/DVD-ROM + Hauppage WinTV-PCI-FM : 53.95

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        • #7
          Originally posted by phatbenny
          I duly plugged the drive in as a primary master, and the only drive connected on the IDE channel. I think I can hear it spin up and stay spinning. However when I go into the bios to detect it, it doesn't appear. Not only does it not appear, the bit where it usually says [None] next to where it says Primary Master in the bios is totally blank, not even [ ].
          Gee.. it sounds like it's faulty!!

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            • #9
              Tell us what model it is and maybe there is someone with a good controller PCB to help you. Those things are not the easiest to troubleshoot you know....

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              • #10
                Hitachi 40Gb 5400rpm. Sorry, i don`t have any more details. I`ve left the drive at work.
                Hardware:- VIA EPIA MII 12000 LVDS 1.2Ghz : 137.95 + 512Mb PC2100 DDR Memory : 49.34 + Opus 150w Shuttle PSU: 128 + 7 Lilliput 629 Touchscreen: 173.90 + 2.5 40Gb 5200rpm Laptop Drive + Slotload Laptop CD-RW/DVD-ROM + Hauppage WinTV-PCI-FM : 53.95

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                • #11
                  some of those drives have good warrantys with the manufacturer. Ive replaced a few hard drives for customers who want their systems up immediately and they told me to throw out the old one...instead I call the manufacturer and get it replaced for free and keep it.
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                  • #12
                    Call Hitachi and see if you can exchange it, since it probably has 3 year warranty.
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                    • #13
                      Nice idea, if this works i think I've found a cheap source of laptop drives.
                      Hardware:- VIA EPIA MII 12000 LVDS 1.2Ghz : 137.95 + 512Mb PC2100 DDR Memory : 49.34 + Opus 150w Shuttle PSU: 128 + 7 Lilliput 629 Touchscreen: 173.90 + 2.5 40Gb 5200rpm Laptop Drive + Slotload Laptop CD-RW/DVD-ROM + Hauppage WinTV-PCI-FM : 53.95

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