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PC hard disk makes loud clicking sound and does not boot up

Hello, I had some fall on top of a hard disk and now the disk does not work or boot up. It appears the BOIS does detect it but it then makes a loud clicking sound and cannot be read. Is there anything I can do to retrieve the data? The model is Maxtor DiamondMax plus 9m 80GB. Thanks, Lucas

Question by Lucas_London    |  last reply

Distinguish glass hard disk platters from aluminum without marring the reflective surface? Answered

I have hundreds of hard disk platters from disassembled hard drives.  Some are made of glass, some are made of aluminum.  The glass ones, when flexed, shatter into thousands of razor shards which screech across the room. I would like to avoid that in the future.  I only want to use the aluminum ones, but I don't want to mar the reflective surface. I've thought of weighing them, but the platters some from many manufacturers and eras and so the weights won't be consistent.  Magnets don't attract glass or aluminum. Does glass float? (I'm guessing no.)  Is the reflective surface transparent? (I'm guessing no again, but maybe a strong light would work?) There has to be a way....

Question by Odonata    |  last reply

Hard drive MP3 boombox?

I was wondering if anyone has and Instructable or has done this. I've searched Instructables and can't find anything like this at all, which really surprised me as I thought this would have been an obvious one to do. What I'd like to do is build a bookcase / boombox stereo from scratch using: 1. an old hard drive 2. some speakers 3. a small lcd to display info 4. some basic controls 5. usb port to update files on HD -or- make the HD removable 6. whatever other electronics parts are necessary. It doesn't need to have radio, CD audio or anything else. All I want is a 200GB or larger hard drive full of MP3's and a way to play them with decent fidelity and loud without using the computer. I've built lots of PC's and know computer hardware and software fairly well but have never used a soldering iron... but can follow complex instructions very well. Also I'm not sure if it can use a prebuilt interface by scavinging the electronics from a basic el-chepo MP3 player or if it would be better to use something like a VIA Micro-ATX motherboard with built in CPU and have something like a USB drive booting to a simple version of Linux directly to a media player interface? That seems like it would cost more in parts but be simpler than creating custom circuitry. But that is the way I would go if attempting this on my own. An all hardware & firmware solution somehow seems more elegant but that's beyond my current ability's. If I go with the Micro-ATX motherboard and Linux it could be done in a modular format that would allow the addition of other components latter such as CD player (with auto MP3 ripping), input and output to other components etc. So has anyone done this? If you haven't but have the know how do you want to collaborate via e-mail and walk me through it. I'd create an Instructable if so and give you full credit. Any and all suggestions, comments, rants, put downs, cheers, roars, hollars and yells appreciated!!

Topic by skonofvulcan    |  last reply

Gaming without the disk?

I know there are instructions all over the internet on how to do this but as far as i can tell the instructions are without the original disk, if i have the original disk is there a way to download all the information to the computer so that i can launch the game from a folder? a way that doesn't make punkbuster (EA games) kick me if i play online. essentially i want a digital disk so i can use the original as a backup and i won't have to worry about my family removing my disks and destroying them (they tend to leave disks anywhere they can put them down). As a random note im always worried that when transfering my disk from the case to the drive that something will happen as in the past i have been pushed and i dropped the disk, it landed on an uneven surface and someone stepped on in breaking it.

Question by pmk222    |  last reply

hard disk spindle motor voltage

I have detached the spindle motor from the hardisk. Ho can I run this motor. What are the voltages ned to be given ? Please help me Thanks Rijas PA

Topic by rijas    |  last reply

Internal Hard disk to external without a kit ... ?

How can I convert an enternal Sata Hard Disk out a HP Pavilion taplet pc (tx1419nr) to an external hard disk with out buying a kit?? I already have a cable with USB end took it of a mouse .. Anyone do have information on how to achieve this hack???!!!!

Question by Habayeb    |  last reply

Can I put my hard disk directly onto my network without sharing it trough a pc? Answered

Is there a way to put an external hard disk directly on my network? My HD only has a usb port so... can I cut off a piece of usb and ethernet cable, and fix the ethernet cable to the usb and just plug it into my router? I know there are special routers and stuff for it but I just don't want to spend money on a new one :p the one I have right now costed me 200 euros those days and I'm not yet ready to dump that one :) Thank you :)

Question by TheGreenRat    |  last reply

What can i do with a iphone 2g?

The lcd is working and the hard disk also, is there a way to use it in a different use?

Question by pdxpdx    |  last reply

Adding files to a Virtual Hard Disk

I am trying to add a file to a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) made with Virtual PC. I can't seem to figure out a way to open it outside of VPC, though. Does anyone know a way?

Topic by puffyfluff    |  last reply

Reformatting a hard drive? Answered

Hi there. I know most of you reading this are thinking of the simple process that is reformatting a hard drive, and are prepared to offer me an obvious and somewhat novice explanation as "right click > format...". Please don't, this is not the case. I recently acquired an external hard drive previously used as a Direct TV Dvr. The hardware and everything is fine, and my computer recognizes it as a USB Mass Storage Device. However, the disk itself is in a format my Windows-based computer cannot recognize, read, or understand, and - as a result - does not acknowledge it exists. I need to figure out how to reformat this to NTFS / FAT32 to use on a windows machine. Also note, as a result of the lack of recognition of the disk, I can only guess its drive letter. CMD does not recognize it at all - I have tried mounting disks E - Z with no result. If needed, I have access to a Macintosh, but that is preferably the last resort as it resides about an hour away from where I am currently.

Question by Padlock    |  last reply

Disk boot error? Answered

Last night, I wanted some files off my laptop drive, so I stuck it in an external enclosure and plugged it into my desktop (whilst on). I then turned off the desktop without unplugging my laptop drive and turned it on again today, forgetting to unplug it. I have USB booting enabled, so it tried to boot from the laptop drive and as I was out of the room when it was booting, it entered the recovery partition as the hardware is incompatible. I have done this before, so I just turned off my computer, unplugged the drive, and restarted. Instead of booting from my primary internal drive, it got stuck on the post screen. It detected it, but wouldn't go any further. I then thought that it was still looking for the USB drive, so changed the boot order and removed usb boot, same problem. Removing my primary drive just returned the error "disk boot error, insert boot drive and press enter to continue", so I inserted the primary hard drive (I have it in a hot-swap bay, so it can easily be removed, although being my primary hard drive, not "hot"). After doing so, it kept returning a similar error. I then figured that it was still looking for my laptop drive as a primary boot device, so I cleared CMOS with the jumper and after setting it up again, disabling every other bootable interface except the sata port my primary drive is connected to, and it still just gets stuck on post. I have left it about 10 mins and still get the same problem. It is also hard to enter BIOS or any of the other utilities, as it waits until after post, so I have to either remove all drives or insert the laptop drive in it's enclosure. How can I get my desktop to boot from the primary hard drive again? Inserting the install disk is also hard, because I don't actually have a DVD drive yet, so I installed Windows 7 extended trial through a memory stick from my laptop with a disk drive. I have since deleted it off my memory stick, and my laptop is now in pieces hooked up to my monitor/keyboard/mouse instead of my desktop. It is on it's back and the hard drive bay is open in case I need it again. My BIOS is award with additional features on a Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 board. Both drives are Hitachi sata-II drives, one being 3.5" and one being 2.5".

Question by andy70707    |  last reply

Missing Hard Drive

My teacher's laptop booted up one day and gave the message "internal hard disk drive not found". The hard drive makes a kind of clickin clunking sound on startup. His college class files are on there, along with our yearbook. Any ideas?

Topic by gimmelotsarobots    |  last reply

LED disk monitor

I'm thinking of making an LED based hard drive monitor that will show the % of free space. My thoughts are either an Electric Imp or a Spark Particle wifi controller and then some kind of OSX script that runs  on my server to read the disk usage and push it to a web server. I'll be using APA102 or LPD8806 strips. Any thoughts or suggestions? Cheers.

Topic by filthyPhil    |  last reply

SyQuest EzDrive 135, is it worth it? Answered

I got one of these SyQuest EzDrive 135 things, its kind of like a floppy drive except it uses hard disks instead of plastic sheets. with it i got 2 135mb disks, and i was wondering, is it even worth it to try and use it? its a scsi drive so i would need an adapter card to use it, but im just wondering, even though it is a interesting thing, would it even be worth it to try and use it? are there any practical uses for it? i was thinking i could put a few songs on each disk or maybe pictures but thats about it.

Question by zack247    |  last reply

Boot disk error?

I recently built two computers with amd fx-4300 processors, geforce 650 ti video cards, generic 4Gb memory, generic power supplies and GIGABYTE 78LMT-S2P motherboards. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on the systems and began installing various programs I needed. When I was done for the day I shut down the computers and turned off the powerstrip. The next day when I went to start them up, I was getting a boot error. After inserting an Ubuntu live disk into the computer, I checked the hard drive, which opened up no problem and still contained all of the files from the os. The rule out the software I was installing, I reinstalled Linux on both computers, and rebooted, after which point there seemed to be no problem, until I turned off the powerstrip again and I got another boot error when I went to turn them back on. Thinking it might be the disk I was using to install linux, I burned another disk with the same os and tried that, and the problem persisted. The fact that it happened on both systems leads me to beleive that it isnt a hardware defect, but possibly and incompatibility between hardware parts, or a bios issue. Has anyone else ever encountered a situation like this where the os doesn't load after the power supply is switched on and off? If so, what causes it and what can I do to fix it? Edit: It seems that it actually fails to boot every time it is shut down, though it works fine when it is only rebooted. Edit#2: Interestingly enough, if i run a hard disk check from the live dvd, and then reboot with the disk in, it loads from the hard drive, but then after the next shutdown, it does the same thing Edit#3: After doing a disk check and it says no errors, it says to click a button to reboot. When I do this it gives me this message after it reboots, "Errors were found while checking the disk drive for /. Press F to attempt to fix the errors, I to ignore, S to skip mounting, or M for manual recovery" on the one computer I hit f to automatically fix it, which isn't a permanent fix because the drive coninues to have problems, but will boot after i hit f, and then not after i shutdown again. On the other computer, I hit m, and it gave me the message, "Root filesystem check failed. A maintanence shell will now be started. CONTROL-D will terminate this shell and reboot the system." The shell is from the hard drive, not the cd.

Question by danielemur    |  last reply

Format hard drive without XP disk? Answered

Lately, my computer's been getting really slow. I've checked multiple times, top to bottom, so it's not a virus or anything like that. However, I lost my XP disk a while back soo... is there any way to format a hard drive without a disk? Many internet cakes to whomever can help.

Question by TheEnigmaticTwinky    |  last reply

Computer not booting when Hard disk is connected?

Hello, I bought a new system with Segate 2 TB internal hard disk about a week ago. I have Windows 7 running on my PC. Till yesterday my system working fine. Today when i tried to start my system, I see the Intel logo and press f2 for bios and F10 for Boot menu. It does not move from there. I am not able to access BIOS Setup. And BIOS is accessible if I remove the hard disk. If i connect hard disk it does not move from the Intel logo. I tried to connect my hard disk (2TB Segate) to another system, it booting and working fine. I even tried other hard disks (500gb & 1TG Segate) in my new system it booting and working fine. But when i try with the 2TB in my new system I see the Intel logo and press f2 for bios and F10 for Boot menu. It does not move from there. I am not able to access BIOS Setup. I did not get any error message. I would like thank everyone for the support in advance ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Intel I5 3470 Intel DH77EB 2TB Segate 16 GB (8*2) RAM 2GB Graphic Card.

Question by Rohit K    |  last reply

Hard disk platters all the same? Anatomy??

Found a broken HDD of 1 Tb today. Always good to take apart for the magnets. The platters were 'slightly' warped; must have been thrown around... The highly reflective platters can always be looped on a string, to chase away crows from my garden.  By now, I have several dozens of old platters.  I was thinking, apart from practicalities like dust and gentle handling, could it be possible to just substitute the platters with  other (old= much lower capacity) platters?  The 1 Tb mechanism, including the heads, would want to format the platters for a Tb amount of storage I assume. If the platters are mechanically identical (I notice they don't have a standard thickness), could this work?  Does anyone know what alloys are used, are they coated, with what??? I see no attraction when I hold a supermagnet to it, but there ought to be some kind of magnetic carrier on it.... The shine on the platters might suggest some exotic metal coating; palladium or something like that....???

Question by BobS    |  last reply

Floppy Disk Converter?

How does a Floppy Disk Converter work? Heres my problem. I have recently bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. I have an old desktop computer with Windows 98SE. I have no floppy disk drive on the laptop. I want to save the material on the floppy disks onto a USB memory stick. I bought a USB that works for Windows 98SE only to find that you need to download drivers for it from the Internet before it will work. So I plugged my Broadband connection (which is from Vodafone) into the desktop computer to get an Internet connection only to find that the Internet is too new a version for Windows 98SE to read so therefore I cant download the drivers. Also I thought I could save to CD and then put the CD into the laptop to save them to the hard disk but the desktop only has a CD-ROM whereas the laptop has CD-RW. So that wont work either. So I was wondering if a Floppy Disk Converter would be the answer to my problem. Like do you just insert a floppy and a USB into the Floppy Disk Converter and transfer the files. Do you need to connect it to a computer. Sorry for rambling on but I have so many questions about it and I really want to know before I go out and buy one only to find that it is also useless to me. Thanks

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Computer hard drive wiping problems

 Hi, I have a  custom made computer that has gotten very corrupt (viruses, useless crap, etc.) over the years, and I would like to erase the hard drive. I've tried stuff like Dban (Darik's boot and nuke), only for some reason, when I try to boot from the cd, it just gives me an error like "ERROR CANNOT BOOT FROM CD".  No, I don't have the Windows XP install disk, or any other installation disks. I haven't used it in years, so I don't remember the password. What I'm asking is, is there any way to erase the hard drive without having to get into the account. By the way, yes, I know I would need the XP disk if I were to install XP after, but instead I'm going to install Ubuntu. I can't even boot from the Ubuntu disk, I've tried it. Thanks in advance.

Question by guitarmonk15    |  last reply

Hard drive motor scavenging

Hi ! I was wondering, I saw some projects using 2,5" Hard drive brushless motors but I don't get exactly how do we manage to take them off their casing ? They seem strongly fixed and I don't see any screws holding them... Can someone help me on this ?

Topic by speakingcake    |  last reply

Can an IDE hdd be replaced with a SATA hdd (both internal)? Answered

I have a pentium 4 pc whose hdd recently crashed, this had this 40GB IDE hard disk, now a days u IDE's arent available in market so i was thinking is it possible to connect an internal SATA hardisk to the same port where the IDE was connected? i  mean will it work fine without any problems? Or any other solution to my problem?

Question by ankur2893    |  last reply

Project idea for all of you! - Hard disk heliograph

Have anyone created a heliograph using the platter from a hard drive yet?

Topic by akimbo m    |  last reply

computer hard drive to MP3 player

I have got an old hard drive, and i want to make an MP3 player using the hard drive disk, anyone know how?

Topic by wingman246    |  last reply

Camcorder won't record video?

I have recently come into possession of a HDD JVC hard disk camcorder. I got it from a friend who asked if I would fix it for him, so I told him I would ask around. Any comments are much appreciated. It works great! Except it doesn’t record video, it has great sound quality and a handful of cool features. I've already taken it to the store and was told it would be around $200 or more to get it fixed, when I asked what was wrong with it i didnt get a responce from the man at the store. If anyone has any idea what’s happening or how to fix it without spending $200 I would much appreciate it! I dont know if this will help anyone (I didnt find any use of it) but heres the model number GZ-MG30U

Question by Laserman595    |  last reply

Dead external hard drive?

I've been searching the internet for answers for the last couple of hours, but no solutions have helped me so far. The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that I have to either take it to an expert for data recovery, or if that isn't possible I'll have to accept the fact that the files are gone. So earlier today I was frapsing some PS4 content with the help of a Roxio video capture (PS4 signal blocked so I used Fraps to get around that). I've been saving the files on my C: drive, but since fraps files tend to get quite big, I changed the save destination to my external hard drive (Buffalo). Immediately after I ended the recording, my computer froze and I had to force shutdown. Upon restart, it started to repair damage to the disc (translated from Finnish), and once it was ready, it then proceeded to the system recovery menu. After at least 2 hours of trying all other options, I ended up choosing the option that resets my computer. Well that really wasn't the end of the world, since the most important files are on my Buffalo hard drive, but after the reset was complete, I couldn't access my external hard drive. I tried everything in Disk Management, at least what was suggested in similar issues, but nothing really changed anything. I can see my external hard drive in the Disk Management, but can't access it. When I try to initialize the disk, an error pops up that says: "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)", and it just shows that the disc is not initialized, and that it is unallocated. Is there any other option than either taking it to an expert for data recovery, or is that too late now? Thanks in advance.

Question by Shiroe    |  last reply

How to recover lost data from a hard-disk ?

Hello everybody, I really need your help in this problem ... Few days ago, my uncle needed to recover his laptop, but he had about 250 GB of important data which I could temporarly take on mine, w transfered every thing using a 16GB flash memory and an old 40 GB hard-disk, and he recovered his laptop and every thing was good then we started to roll back and retransfer the files to his laptop. Here came the problem, the images was transferred to the hard-disk, and then when we connected the hard-disk to his laptop, we were surprised that the hard-disk is empty, totally empty ! So, I tried EaseUS data recovery, Data recovery wizard, recuva, 7 data recovery suit, -and another program i don't remember- on both my laptop and the hard-disk but they get me every thing except these images ! Please help me these images are very important to my uncle and he can't get any another copy of them, any advice is acceptable and thank you for any help :)

Question by Hawk-Eagle    |  last reply

How do I remove a hard disk drive and install another one?

My hard disk drive is a mess so I bought another through ebay.  It has windows pro all ready on it.  I paid $30.00 extra for that.  I have a Dell tower and I am really confused how to change the disk drive.  After I change it will it work then?  Thank you,

Question by sassier299    |  last reply

Hard drive won't mount?

So, I've had a toshiba 2.5" SATA 250 GB internal HD for a while now. I got it from an old toshiba laptop. I finally got an enclosure for it, and I plugged it in. windows made the sound it makes when you plug something in, and in device manager the usb port said a usb mass storage device was plugged in, but it didn't show up in my computer, nor did it show up in disk management. I searched the net for hours trying to find the problem, reading about how you might need to assign it a letter in disk management, and other more "grim" outlooks on how it might be dead. I listened to it closely, and heard it making very VERY soft ticking noises at a regular rate. I immediately thought the worst, and came to the conclusion that it was dead. The next day, I decided to take it into school with me, as my teacher was pretty smart when it came to computers, and maybe she could provide the tiniest shred of hope. She asked me to plug it into one of the school's desktops. I plugged it in began running like normal. It showed up  on my computer, and showed the correct disk size, as well as a document I'd put on there long ago. I couldn't believe it!  When I got home, I plugged it into my computer, but surprisingly encountered the same problem. I decided to do a bit of experimenting, and I started plugging it into various computers we had around the house, and lined up all the facts I had: It didn't work on my laptop. (runs windows 7 home premium) It DID work on my mom's laptop. (also runs windows 7 home premium) It didn't work on my old desktop. (runs windows xp home edition, but I don't trust it. It's been acting very weird lately) It DID work on my school's desktop. (runs windows 7 enterprise) It DID work on my sister's laptop. (runs windows 7 home premium) I was stumped, to say the least. Can any of you tell me WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?!?!?! The strongest lead I have is that it might not be working correctly on my computer because the usb ports can't provide enough power to mount it. But if my laptop can't mount it, why should my mom's or my sisters be able to? Please provide any other theories you may think are plausible too! 

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How do I make my Segeate Backup Plus 1 TB HDD recognize by Redhat Enterprise Linux 6?

I need to use my 1 TB external Hard Disk by Redhat Enterprise Linux 6 932-bit). Why doesn't it accept the hard disk?

Question by shardulsb08    |  last reply

Hard drive wiping problems REFRASED

 Hi, I posted another question on the same topic, but I don't think I got my point across. I'll lay down the basics - Is there any way to erase a hard drive WITHOUT having to boot from a cd (like dban or the windows xp install cd) and WITHOUT having to access the accounts. My computer is so corrupt, I can't do either. Don't tell me what I could check to make it work, just answer the question. No, I don't want to take the hard drive out and use another computer to erase it. I do know that I would need the XP disk to reinstall it, but I would need that if I weren't going to install Ubuntu instead. Yes, I tried booting from the ubuntu disk, it didn't work. Also, don't say "well, you're out of luck, take it into a repair shop." That's NOT answering the question. Thanks in advance.

Question by guitarmonk15    |  last reply

Emotional Whipsaw Just a personal Blog type post.

This post serves no purpose but to allow me to verbalize my last week, read at your own peril. Man what a strange 10 days it's been. Ten days ago I was going into final with a statistical fail in both my classes. If you're not familiar with grading practices in grad school, a C is a fail. If your GPA drops below 3.0 you lose your eligibility for financial aid, if you get more than two C's you're out of the program. Finals didn't feel like they went well. You can imagine how I felt waiting for grades, here I was, no job, looking like I was going to flunk out. Well, grades came out Thursday, I got B's, not brilliant, but it keeps me in school. That felt pretty good. Friday, I took my wife and her coworker lunch, something I do once a month just for fun.  At least this time I could deflect questions about the eternal job hunt with talk about grades. Got home from lunch and the phone rings......... " Mr.Animal, after a review of the applicants, we consider you the best candidate for the position of..... at....... and you like to extend an offer of employment." Woot! I'm on top of the world, nothing could bring me down.... Except... Except, My wife's dog looks funny, she's all hunched up and whimpering.  I've had enough animals to know that means a back injury.  It's 5, I call the vet, we discuss the maximum I can dope her up and make an appointment for the morning. Except, it's pretty clear by 8pm that she's in so much pain, that she can't even sit or lay down. Have you ever spent 12 hours trying to support the weight of a 60 lb dog? It's a novel experience, by 4 am I was near delirious. After an eternity, morning came. Doc diagnoses a slipped disk. Shoots her full of morphine and gives us a prescription for valium.  She can actually lay down when we get home.  36 hour she's much improved, but has a long way to go. TL;DR Passed classes got job dog sick

Topic by Tool Using Animal    |  last reply

how do i use a hdd motor please help i need it asap?

I wish to use a hard drive i have putted apart as a generator i need to find out how to power my motor to spin magnets inbetween the disks around coils to generate more power that i use.

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Can I combine 2 computers into one? Answered

I have 2 computers: 256RAM                       256RAM 40Gb hard disk          20Gb hard disk 1.3GHz processor     1.3GHz processor Can I somehow connect the 2 of them into a better one? I know I can take the RAM and the hard disk from one and attach them to the other computer,but I want to connect the 2 processors together . Can I do that?

Question by theVader75    |  last reply

XBOX 360 Hard drive gaming - boot disk help

I have this idea, but i want to know if its possible I have a home network of 2 tvs and do just did my xbox 360 update that enables you to copy your games to your hdd. I want to play network in my house on 2 tvs. But only have one disk So with the new software update, you can copy the games on your hdd, but cant play without the disc in your drive. No i know you can force open the drive and do it that way..but in long term it cant be good for your machine. So, i know there is a code on each disc and it picks up that code saying the disk is in the drive. Now my question is...... I want to explore my disc, and copy that code, and put it on a flashdrive or dvd and insert it, so that my one machine will think its the disk becasue i copied it to it, and my other machine i can play the original from. please help if somone know how to get that code..thanx in advance I also tried manually opening the drive while the dis is loaded and the game is on, does not work, as soon as you open it the lazer starts reading the disk. I do not want to chip my box, so i thought maybe there is a pc way of grabbing that code or some files needed to read the disk as a security check, and burn it on to dvd, the question is just..which ones. Another Question: Why do i have on my new desktop only 2 topics..welcome and my xbox. Other people have so many other options. Yes i do not have live, but will this only visible when live is on? Further on..when i put my disc in the drive..i do not get a nice image as what is now currently in my tray...just a stupid cd and the name below it... how do those people get the say call of duty 4 logo ect on it

Topic by silver_shadow    |  last reply

External Hard Drive enclosure for eSATAp connection

Hey, I want to buy a Power over eSATA kit (aka eSATAp) to use with 3.5inch internal hard drives (which are cheaper and faster than laptop 2,5inch drives). I'll be using it on desktop computers on and off, so the higher power consumption of desktop drives is not the issue. Thing is, I want to enclose the internal 3.5inch hard disk in something, for transport. Some case that leaves room for the cable connection (see GIF). Does anyone know if I can adapt existing SATA hard disk enclosures? Or if there is some boxy-thingy out there that I can best adapt to suit my purpose? I was looking for an instructable on this but couldn't find any. Thanks!

Topic by akaleeroy    |  last reply

Turning a hard drive into a USB storage device?

I have a couple of hard drives and I was wondering, can you turn it into a portable USB storage device? I saw the instructable about putting thumb drives inside the case but what about using the hard drives disk's?

Question by Jimmy Proton    |  last reply

how to read and write text files in the hard disk using just javascript?

I am creating a webpage for my school so i need to save some data about the students. I am not sving it in a server because it's working on my computer so please send some script which I can use to!

Question by Abhishek.D    |  last reply

need help with HDDJ Turning an old hard disk drive into a rotary

I'm new to and found a very interesting guide. I'm not a electric technican, and don't understand all steps.I understood how to open the HDDJ and i can sold the wires correctly. i know that the motor is used as a dynamo, so that I can measure the energie produced.My first question is why are there 4 soldingpoints? - Are there 4 magnets which produce the energie, and every magnet has a soldingpoint.I got a problem with "amplifying the output" "One of the lines from the HDD is used as a reference, and is connected to the (-) inputs of all the comparators. The other three lines are connected to each of comparators (+) inputs. Not shown in the schematic, but also important, are the power supply pins of the comparators. The negative supply is connected to ground, while the positive supply is connected to Vcc (in our case +5V)."Which wire I have to use as the reference? Maybe why?What is Vcc? an energie source, like a batterie?If I amplified the output which microcontroller I could use, can I use any mikrochip, or do I have to use a special?and how do I install the firmware?Maybe someone could help me with my questions. Maybe someone who is able to speak german so it would be a lot easier for me.regardsMurphys Law

Topic by Murphys Law    |  last reply

Can I repurpose an external hard disk drive (Lacie) to work as a NAS or media server?

Hey there, I have a lot of older lacie external drives of varying capacity - ok, two - but would like to be able to use them as something a little more full-featured, something more like a NAS, for media serving and maybe backups? Are there any hacks/boards/mods that can be done swiftly to make it happen?

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I have a used laptop that has Bitlocker enabled. how can I disable it so I can install a new operating system?

The Bitlocker software prohibits me from entering the computer through the BIOS. I need to format the hard disk, disable Bitlocker and intall Windows 7 on to the hard disk. How can I disable Bitlocker and still be able to format the drive? I am not in any way interested in the files on the Hard Disc, I just simply need a computer upgrade from a slow desktop to a fast laptop.

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Disk image for Fujitsu stylistic 3500 HD? Any one got one?

I have the afforementioned device and the OS has been wiped it would seem that the easiest method of getting an OS back on it would be to get a clone image of an HD from another one and swap it. But these devices are old and hard to find people with that disk image.

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My bicycle's mechanical disk brakes are failing! Answered

My rear disk brake is in a sad state.  I squeeze the rear brake lever as hard as I can, yet, my stopping power is nil.  I wiped down the rotor with rubbing alcohol, but to no avail. It might also be relevant that I ride frequently in snow and slush, and also in dusty areas. The bike is the Specialized ''Rockhopper," 2009 edition, with about 450-550 miles put on it. What can I do to fix  the brake so that I won't have to rely on the front brake?

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