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My Son’s Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Was Out Of Order

By on February 22, 2016
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When I got home after midday my little son was waiting for me and his face was sad. What happened, my little baby? I asked him. Then my wife suddenly replied- he cannot play his games in the Computer. I asked why? Look at the computer, it’s On and I can see the video in the Monitor. But Dad, I can’t see my games in the computer. When I sat in front of the computer I realized one HDD was not being detected by the Operating System (by means of the Device Manager option), and it was the one where my son had copied the games.

The cabinet of the PC was open and the faulty HDD was extracted, it was an IDE type, brand MAXTOR model DiamondMax Plus with a capacity of 80 GB (ATA/133).     MAXTOR HDD REPAIR

The first idea that came to my mind was to re-solder the data pins (for both sides), the jumper pins (for both sides) and the voltage pins of the PCB (Printed Circuit Board). Of course this PCB was previously separated from the HDD. You can see this in the photo below.


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When the PCB was mounted on the HDD and connected again to the PC, look at the result:

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As you can see in the photo above this time the HDD was shown by the OS and my kid was really smiling and happy because now he can play his games in the PC.

Note: Thank God the information in both partitions was not lost. This repair procedure was executed about two and a half month ago and the HDD is still working perfectly.


This article was prepared for you by Humberto Rodriguez, one of our ‘Master Authors’ from Cuba.

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  1. Mark

    February 23, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Gotta keep the kids happy!!

    • Humberto

      February 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Yes, of course. Thanks Mark.

  2. Parasuraman Ss

    February 23, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Vow! Your expertise really helped you in nailing the 'culprits' very soon! A good input, indeed! Thank you for your sharing! All the best to you, dear!

  3. Humberto

    February 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Yes Parasuraman, it was an old HDD, that´s why I had that idea.

  4. Robert Calk

    February 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Good job, Humberto. Sometimes it's easy to forget the simple things.


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