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Chris Wiitamaki
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 7:49 am:   

I have a hard drive that stopped spinning yesterday morning. I didn't make any hardware or software changes - just turned the system on and it reported that an OS couldn't be found on any device. After temporarily stopping the processor fan so I could hear better, the hard drive is definitely silent. Both the floppy and CD-ROM still have power and are functional.

Can the hard drive (or data it contains) be salvaged?

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 8:58 am:   

The Hard drive no spin problem usually means the motor or controller is bad, or you could try a different molex connector from you PSU just in case the one connected has gone bad. Hopefully that is the case. If it is the controller, you can get a used Hard drive (same brand and close model #) and swap the controller board fetch your data off the drive that way.
Chris Wiitamaki
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 11:02 am:   

Thank you for the help! After looking closely at the controller, I could see burn damage to one of the chips on the circuit board. I found an identical drive, unscrewed the circuit boards from the drives and swapped them. The old drive now works just like new.
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 11:47 am:   

That seems to be a very common fix lately.
Philippe XAVIER
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 7:21 am:   

Hello from France

I have the same problem but don't know where to find controller to swap on my HD
I have a Quantum Fireball 40GO UDMA
I'm afraid to loose 30GO of datas !!!!!

Please HELPPPPP !!!!!

Thx for answer .......

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