Okay guys, im trying to reconnect my old old old seagate hard drive to my computer again.
i connected the 2 big connectors, but the 4-pin connector is missing. so im tihnking this ons is needed since windows cant find the hard drive.
my seagate is simular to the upper hard drive on the picture
feel free to post your own tech issues too.
the 4 pins on the 2.5" drive and the 8 pins on the 3.5" drive are designed to be used with jumpers.
They activate settings on the drive and are also used by the OEM for debugging purposes.
If both SATA connectors are attached and Windows is not finding the drive, the logical conclusion is that the drive isn't working.
If you can hear it spin up, then that means the drive is getting enough power. If you hear continuous clicking, then the drive isn't getting enough power and you're probably also getting blue screens in Windows.
You connect the sata power cable on the right and the sata data cable next to it.
If it doesn't show up then either you are retarded or it's fucked.
The bottom drive on your picture has an 8 pin connector on the right, you don't need to worry about that. If the 2.5" has a similar 4 pin connector ignore that too.
In the olden days you used to have to tell a hard drive how to behave on the channel but now computers are a little bit smarter they work it out themselves, often incorrectly meaning you have to fuck around in the bios to get your boot order correct when you change drives instead of setting the jumper while you had the driver in your hand at no extra inconvenience.
It wouldn't be such a big issue if modern bios weren't riced beyond all usability
ill have you know im running an AIW Radeon 9700
IDE?!? Fuck that shit! MFM connectors forever!
> Not spending a measly $20,000 extra for almost double the capacity
>if I don't know the answer to a question concerning atopic I know nothing about, the drive must be broken.
Go into the computers BIOS/setup and check your Sata settings. You might need to enable the connection. Also check boot settings.
Continuous clicking usually means the read write head is shot and it cant find its position and is slamming into the physical stop or the side of the case while scanning for the start/stop spot.. or something like that.
When I think old old old drive, I think drive with MFM connectors. Usually around the 10-100 MB range. Atleast you have to think that old old old means IDE connector. Usually in the 1GB to 100 GB range. It's just a matter of aesthetic I auppose.
oh I see what youre saying. Yea Id have to agree that "old old old" should be reserved for <=1999 tech.
I was thinking that people were saying that there was a problem with seagate, especially their older products.. which didnt make sense because Ive always known seagate to be good.
Seagate went to shit in 2011 after the flooding in Thailand.
Its only within the last year or two that they havent had real spotty batches of hard drives. Even then the jury is still out.
I work on computers for a part time job, Seagate earned their reputation
people get confused about hard drives. then they compare the shit tier consumer budget level. worked in computer store. they all fail. now if you want something to last forever, you need the enterprise grade drives. which do fail, but in servers, running 24/7 for ten years, serving multiple clients.
Take a multiplexxing chip like an AT328 and then rig that through your SATA outputs so that you can single it into a single output line clocked frequency IO chip. This way you can set up a basic decoding virtual interface program that you're running it into. So you can send it into a virtual hardrive on your computer.
Thank me later.
I have a western digital blue with over three years on time