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Old HDD motor

Hi, im using old hdd motor in my cooling fan in PC. Im using the old hdd's board to supply power and run the fan, as it is AC motor. It runs insanely fast. But auto turns off after a while. how can i make the board not turnoff the motor? Thx.

Question by kt_027    |  last reply


Encryptin External HDD

I have an 80Gb external/portable hard drive but I want to protect all the data on it. Does anyone know of a good free program that will encrypt or passwird protect my portable hard drive. It needs to be self contained on the hard drive and not installed on a computer. Thanks.

Topic by gimmelotsarobots    |  last reply


Laptop without HDD

I was wondering if it would be easy enough to setup an old, powerful enough laptop to run Linux withoud HDD from SD card or other means without HDD? I have my old HP NC4000 gathering dust in the storage. It has no HDD and I need to fix the display which has 1/3 from top of LCD gray. If I manage to fix the LCD then it is worth resurrecting.

Topic by pellepeloton    |  last reply


Original Xbox HDD useable as a normal PC HDD?

I recently got an old PC from the Salvation Army, and decided to harvest it. Turns out I can use all the parts for a working computer(an old computer running Windows 98 on a Pentium II, but a computer nonetheless). However, it has a 4GB HDD. This threw me off of the idea of reusing it, until I remembered my old original Xbox that I harvested(I do that a lot), and luckily I kept the 80GB HDD from it :D. It has the same old standard PATA  and 4-pin Molex power connector as the 4GB. It's just a normal Microsoft HDD(from external appearances). So can I use it as a normal hard drive for my recently obtained old computer, and just format it? Or is there some kind of encryption/coding that makes it only useful for an Xbox?

Topic by metrogdor22  


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


Making HDD Player Circuit

Hi, I have my 80GB Old Hard Disk, which i need to use as HDD Player to connect to tv using AV Jack. Is there any Simple circuit to build this ? Thankyou

Topic by harismvec    |  last reply


Recovering from a dead HDD?

I have an external HDD (Freecom 400GB) and it seems to be dead now. It hasn't been used in about 6 months and might have been damaged during a house move. It doesn't seem to be drawing any power and spinning up. There is power, as the internal LED is active, but the drive itself is not responding at all. There is no movement. Is there any way to recover its contents? The drive was used as an 'archive' of all our family photos covering about 20 years :S

Question by BobTheSkull    |  last reply


External HDD isnt recongnized?

I have a Iomega F7BJ2101PA External 300 Gb Harddrive and it stopped being recongnized by all computers. I've already checked that the cord is fine, it has enough power, and isnt recognized by windows explorer and device manager. AND when I got to Iomega site to get the drivers they say they dont recongze the serial number. What do I do?

Topic by Jordo    |  last reply


Do not push - Laptop HDD

Has anyone ever seen the little sticker on a laptop hard disk drive that says Do Not Push?Guess why?The platter is made of glass?!?!?! (I figured this out by being my normal "Do the opposite of what the sticker says" self)Wanna see?

Topic by thermoelectric    |  last reply


DIY power supply for HDDs

Hi there, I'm thinking of making my own external harddisk to keep on my desk. You know: for backups, etc. I'm (probably) going to fit 2 HDDs in there. The HDDs need both 12V and 5V and since I don't want to connect two adapters to it I need to change the 12V that goes into the box to 5V. I've done some research and I think I got it figured out... I think a 78s05 condensator should do the trick. Side note: the disks need 0.9A and 0.72A on 5V (=1.62A). I've attached a picture where I show my idea.... any thoughts and most of all WOULD THIS WORK? Kind regards, Niels

Question by Niellles    |  last reply


Is my HDD verging on failure?

I decided to check my HDD's S.M.A.R.T status, and I was a bit alarmed to see my reallocated sector count at 32 and my pending reallocation count at 24. This hard drive has been running for about 2 years and a half, and I haven't had any noticeable trouble with it. But, what should I do (besides backing my stuff up)?

Topic by Dashing Rainbow Dash    |  last reply



how can we power up brushless motor from broken hdd?

I have a couple of broken hdd from dekstop or laptop.I've remove the magnet for other thing,but i can not find a "simple" way to use the spindle motor for something usefull...thanks....

Question by annurro    |  last reply


laptop HDD: What is this connector called?

I have 2 broken laptops. The first one it turns on and turns off and the HDD seems to be dead. The second one is a toshiba laptop and the screen is broken. Now the HDD for that one I don't know what kind of connector it is. I want to use the hard drive for something else, if possible make it into an external. It's a toshiba it has a piece that comes off but you need it to connect it to the laptop; and when the connector comes off it doesn't have pins, but piece that sticks out. I'll post pictures if I get my camera working.

Topic by brgdragon    |  last reply


How to acess a broken camera HDD ?

Hi everyone! I have a JVC camera that is broken. I went camping and somehow water came in and screw the camera. It doesn't turn on, not even with the charger pluged in. The fix is actually more expensive than buyin another one so... I need to know how can i recover the data inside the HDD... Hope you can help me guys. Thank you very much. ;)

Question by meyers    |  last reply


8 Track Player External HDD?

Parts 1) broken lacie 500 gig eHDD or multibay sata - USB/firewire 2) old 8 track recorder I wanted to use the 8 track recorder as a eHDD enclosure. Does anyone know where I can buy just the sata - usb multibay / power boards? I basically need everything for a multibay enclosure except for the enclosure. I just don't know what they are called. THANKS!

Question by heartxcore803    |  last reply


Idea for a project from a HDD Motor? Answered

I just salvaged the motor from a hard drive, I can estimate it spins at 3000-6000 RPM Does anyone have an idea of something I can make with it?

Question by Yonatan24    |  last reply


OS on SSD vs OS on HDD

If I decide to build a computer should I put my primary OS on a Solid State Drive? Would this make it more stable/improve performance any? Or should I just stick with a regular hard drive. Thanks for any help.

Topic by Triblade101    |  last reply


Can I use an internal HDD from a desktop as an external HDD to be used with my laptop?

What materials do I need and how do I do it?

Question by mannetti21    |  last reply


How do you copy a partition to a different hard drive? Answered

My friend got an error on his Hp saying to  replace his hard drive and failure was imminent. What i need to know is how to copy over the partitions or data to the new harddrive.

Question by demonspawnedangel    |  last reply


Recommendations for mounting a 2.5" HDD in a small space

Hi, I'm currently trying to put together a small computer. I have a very limited space in which I can fit the motherboard and a few other components. Most of it kinda fits, but i'm not entirely sure how to mount the hard drive. The HDD is a 2.5" one like this one, with those dimensions: L:  100mm W: 70mm H:  8mm And once I exclude all the space taken by the other components, i have about that much space to fit it in (including the mounting parts): L: 170mm W: 40mm H: 75mm See the attached illustrations I made to get a rough overview of the space in the box. Note: I can technically extend a bit out vertically (height-wise) as the cover has a bit of gap inside but probably no more than an extra 15mm. The drive has screw holes on the sides and on the back (cf. the linked WD page) so there's a couple of options there. I'm not really sure how to go about this. I may be able to salvage some metal mounting parts from an old desktop but I would have to do some cutting to it and I don't have much room to move around for the mounting part. Another of my concerns is it'll be difficult to attach/remove the drive if I need to, because the bottom screw will be very hard to reach. Maybe there's a way to make a mounting rack where one part slides off to make the screws more accessible, I don't really know. Do you guys have any suggestions? How would you go about this?? I would much appreciate any tips, suggestions or even comments. Thanks Ben 

Topic by ben_dog    |  last reply


Making Internal HDD Windows 7 Bootable

I found a guide on this website (link to follow) detailing how I can make my Internal HDD bootable for windows 7. I ran into an issue in step 2 with the command prompts. https://www.instructables.com/id/Install-Windows-7-without-USB-or-DVD-without-upgra/ I made a partition of my main drive of 500GBs. The new partition was set to drive J at 25GBs. I Began step 2, In CMD I ran the following prompts: diskpart, list disk (there was only one available), Select disk X, List partition. That is where i ran into the issue. What came up was on the CMD window Partition ### ////Type///// Size /////Offset Partition 3 Dynamic Data 992 KB 31 KB Partition 1 Dynamic Data 199 MB 1024KB Partition 2 Dynamic Data 422GB 200 MB Partition 4 Dynamic Data 42 GB 422 GB My question is which of the above partitions do i select to continue making my HDD bootable. Thank you for your help

Topic by XxPLaGuEzZxX  


An external cd-rw drive into an external HDD?

I saw an instructable on making an external hdd from an old external cd-rw drive....im just curious if i can do it with an IOMEGA drive..  If anyone can tell me if its possible(or something else to do with it)  it would be great. Thanks!

Topic by valmont325    |  last reply


transfering alot of files between other HDDs

Hey, i have 2 HDDs in my computer one has the OS and alot of other files but the 2nd HDD also has files(about 56GBs) and i would like to switch to the newer one and it has more space i was going to rar all the files i could and put them on the smaller HDD then once i have the larger one with windows on it i would transfer them to the larger one but that would take a long time and i would have to re install everything is there any way around that?

Question by knexsuperbuilderfreak    |  last reply


Copy files from one HDD to another?

Hi all, I have 2 external HDD's. Both 1TB capacity. I have a heap of files on hard drive A that I want to copy over to hard drive B. When I start the copy process, i get an error message saying that several folders are no longer there and therefore cannot be copied. I then navigate to hard drive A to find that the folders are all there and can be opened. All the files in the folders can also be accessed and opened. I can also edit the files, save them and re-access them all without issue. Yet I restart the copy process and the same issue arises. I'm on windows 8.1 Enterprise running on Core i7, 16gb ddr3 ram, 256gb SSD as drive C: Both drives are connected directly through USB 3 ports and USB 3 cables... Any help is much appreciated....

Question by DIY_DAVE    |  last reply


relay from USB to turn on exrernal HDD

I found this very interesting forum yesterday, while searching for a way to jump a PSU, to work without the motherboard. I found the answer, then I spent the rest of the night, browsing the forum. I have an idea, but my knowledge of electricity, is very limited. I recently bought an old iMac G3, to tinker with. I have a 160 Gb sata HDD, connected with USB, powered with a PSU, from a dead Dell PC. I want to have the external PSU switched on, using the PS_ON# (green wire) to the COM (black wire), with a USB from the iMac, with a 5 volt relay. I'm looking for any advice, before I do this. I have a little understanding on how relays work (from automotive), but advice about resistors, if any are needed, please be very specific. I did a search, and didn't see any instructable that has been written on this. If this works out, I might try.

Topic by stroked  


Make an external HDD work with Xbox 360?

I, like many people, got the new Xbox for Christmas. However, my mom failed to notice that it was the 4GB model, rather than the awesome 250GB. When I realized this, I immediately went online and looked for a 250GB Xbox S Hard Drive, and found that they're $130($0.52/GB)! Well I knew that the Xbox can use flashdrives for storage, etc. so it should treat an external hard drive just like a big flashdrive, right? So I went to BestBuy and bought a 500GB external hard drive for $60 ($0.12/GB- 4.3x cheaper!). Upon plugging this into my Xbox, and going through the configuration process, I see that my Xbox is only picking it up as 16GB. "Are you kidding me? There's a lot more than 16GB on that thing!" I went online, and did some Googling, and YouTubing. All I could find was formatting the drive, and even then only being able to transfer movies, music, etc from you computer. I read multiple times that you couldn't put games or profiles on it(I wanted to do this, so I could transfer everything from my old original Xbox 360 HDD, and then sell it). Could somebody please tell me a way to make an external hard drive work with Xbox 360? I'd rather not format anything, but I will if I must. Thank you!

Topic by metrogdor22    |  last reply


is there a way to install windows 8 on an external hdd? Answered

I want to try out windows 8 but I don't have enough disk-space on my laptop to install it. So I want to install it on an external harddisk(USB) but those mean people from microsoft won't allow me to: when I try to install windows 8 in windows from "sources/install.exe" I get an notification that I can't install windows 8 on a usb device. Does anyone know whether this notification is bypassable or not? Thanks in advance

Question by selujtje    |  last reply



how much voltage do hdd motors take? Answered

I took apart my old corrupted hdd and want to use the motor in it

Question by LetsExplodeSomething    |  last reply


it is possible to link an external usb hdd to a pc... wireless? Answered

Like a wireless-something linked to the usb hdd that can be viewed from the pc?

Question by gabbico92    |  last reply


how do i save data off broken hard drive?

My laptop died so I removed the hard drive.How can I get the info off it?and also the same for my portable hard drive that I had everything backed up on?Talk about bad luck!!!!!!Thank you.

Question by phoenx911    |  last reply


How can I recover data from a dead external hard drive?

I have a 2TB external hard drive with lots of stuff on it Recently it stopped working and now I cant access it I have tried it in many computers but they only ever find the SATA to usb bridge which connects the hard drive to the computer I have also tried some hard drive recovery programs, some of them find the hard drive but when they scan it, they find nothing Does anyone know of a good, working, reliable hard drive recovery program (free if possible) or any other way to get the stuff off of it Thanks

Question by Jareadx    |  last reply



I need help with a xbox 360 HDD led mod?

I need to know witch pins i need to soader to light up my leds in my HDD plaes help and mabe even a digram of the pins pleas thank you

Question by marcojuco21  



Multiple HDDs with Orange Pi NAS Expansion Board?

Hi. I'm a total NOOB with orange pi. I have never owned or used one, but I'd like to get started. I am trying to build a NAS(Network Attached Storage) to back up a few computers. I was planning on using the orange pi zero NAS Expansion Board, which has 1 SATA and 1 MSATA port. I would like to use at least 2 if not 3 or more SATA drives that I have lying around. Is there any way to do this with the Orange Pi? I think I saw somewhere that I cant use a SATA port multiplier like thishttps://www.aliexpress.com/item/32813499850.html?s... is that true? I was also thinking of using an MSATA to SATA adapter like this https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000516623182.htm... so that I can use both the SATA and MSATA connectors, but that still only gives me 2 SATA connectors. The SATA and MSATA connectors on the expansion board are both connected through USB and they disable the onboard USB ports. Would it be better to just use a USB to SATA adaptor instead of the expansion board? Would one with multiple SATA ports work? What would be the best solution? Also, what would be the best OS for this? Thanks!

Question by Gadgets_and_Gear  


iRiver HDD to CF or other flash media. (Soldering)

I was a big fan of my iRiver until the day I dropped it and broke the HDD. I tried to see how I could replace it by opening it up and I broke the pin connector and ruined it. I can see where it used to be now and I am really wanting to know if the iRiver pin can be fitted with a CF card by soldering. Or even which pins on the iRiver need to be wired to the CF card. Thanks all, remember you're all my only hope. Axel.

Topic by cantirules  


Req for help with RIAA Eq (ripping LPs to HDD)

. I'm trying to dub/rip some LPs to digital and I think I have most of what I need (turntable, cables, sound card, capture software, encoders, pre-amp w/o eq) but I can't seem to find anything to handle the RIAA eq. I have an old stereo with phono preamp/eq, but it is not exactly hi-fi. As far as I can tell, all I need is a filter/plugin between the capture sw and encoder, but I can't seem to find anything. Any ideas? . Does anyone know what the shelf-life is for phono cartridges/stylii? I have some high quality carts/stys (Stanton, Ortofon) from the '80s, but I'm afraid the fulrums may have deteriorated. Are the carts/stys sold for DJ/disco use any good? . Anybody know of an Ancient Rippers site? On most of the sites I've found, vinyl is not in the vocabulary.

Topic by NachoMahma    |  last reply


How do I transfer Files from my XBOX HDD to my USB Pen?

My XBOX HDD has seemed to have stopped working with my XBOX and I want to transfer my files to my USB pen but the XBOX doesn't work of course. Help Please. P.S. It's a 60GB for a XBOX 360 Classic 

Question by Brady110    |  last reply


is there an 'ible that would allow you to put a usb cable on a laptop hdd that's sata, instead of getting an adapter?

I have an old sata laptop hdd that has a female plug where the pins are on a "normal" hdd, so my adapter I bought that will connect a usb port to an ata, or laptop hdd with pins is useless. just wanted to know if anyone knew which pins(holes on the female plug) I'd need to connect to, to make it work? Thanks, Instructors! Doug

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Need help making Sata Power to USB - 5V.?

So basically I have a 2.5" Sata drive that I want to use with my W500. The drive itself runs at 5v 700mA and I know that USB's support 5v - what im looking to make is something similar to: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-2-0-SATA-7-15-Pin-22Pin-Adapter-Cable-2-5-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-/170883882967?_trksid=p4340.m1374&_trkparms=algo%3DPI.WATCH%26its%3DC%252BS%26itu%3DUCC%26otn%3D15%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D2166192030703395264 or better still this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-TO-SATA-converter-cable-/300775404093?pt=UK_Computing_Drive_Cables_Adapters&hash;=item46079c723d Any help would be great. 

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Can someone tell me how to use MC33035?

I need a simple bldc driver, and i found MC33035 chip. In the datasheet there are some things that I don't understand. Can you give me an ACURATE schematic how to use it for hss motors or cd motors. Atleast help me with "output buffers" in Representative Schematic Diagram. Pease.this is datasheet

Question by ZxxxY    |  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


What hard drive enclosure should i get for this hard drive? Answered

I've got a harddrive from my dead laptop that i'd like to use as an external, but i don't know what enclosure to get. This is the hard drive  and i've attatched a picture of the connection. i already bought one enclosure, but it had the wrong connector, so i really would rather not mess up again. : / also, i know, crappy pic, sorry

Question by cyc4015    |  last reply


Rigging Laptop SSD to Desktop SATA

So I'm looking at upgrading my computer with a Solid State Drive to make it boot faster, but I don't want to pay like $200 for one off newegg. I was wondering if it's possible to rig one from say an EEE PC (which can be bough used/for parts pretty cheap on ebay/CL these days) into my regular SATA port, and what the performance would be like compared to a desktop SSD drive. Thanks!

Question by The Insomniac    |  last reply


What is a good COMPLETELY free mac hard drive cleaning software? Answered

Hi! I am curious because I have an iMac that is running os x Yosemite, and it has 28GB left on a 1.11TB (terabyte) hard drive.It is just over a year old, and has a fusion drive (like a hybrid drive only better). I have looked all over to find a cleaning software that is COMPLETELY free. notice I emphasize the COMPLETELY part! Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!

Question by www139    |  last reply


Where can I find a cheap ZIF to USB adapter for an old iPod hard drive?

I have the hard drive out of a friend's 80GB iPod Classic. I don't know if it still works: the iPod didn't turn on after he dropped it in the toilet, but I found a scorched IC on the main board. The cheapest I've found is $7 on eBay, but I don't want to waste $7 on a drive that may or may not work. Any suggestions for where to get one even cheaper, or how to test the drive?

Question by CameronSS    |  last reply


Need schematics for electronic speed controler for a 3 phase hard drive (HDD) motor.

Hello. I have a problem. I've bought an old HDD for fun, if I can say so, it works, but I want to use the 3 phase motor for some applications, out of the HDD enclosure, so the question is how to start the motor?...I mean, I know that I need an electronic board to do that, so where I can find some schematics?...P.S. Don't ask me the brand name of HDD, cuz I don't know! Thnx and sorry for my bad english, I'm from Romania ;)

Question by Timofte Andrei    |  last reply