Dead Quantum Fireball

Posted on 2003-03-13
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I have a dead? Quantum Fireball lct20 20gb hdrive. It won't register in the Bios, just the little green light on the bottom of the drive keeps blinking. I have ruled out bad cables, bad IDE ports, power supply, jumpers and temperature considerations. What could cause this and is there any chance of getting it working again. Help! please email me with suggestions dsegal@superip.com.br
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chicagoan earned 300 total points
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If it's the controller, (and that blinking light means it probably is) you can try slaving it from another drive or replacing the PCBoard on the drive with an identical board from another drive. If it's mechanical figure $10 a megabyte for recovery from a big data recovery firm.

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The drive cannot be detected on BIOS as a sign it is failing. If the hard drive cannot be detected in BIOS, the drive is useless. Even if you can fix it, most probably it will spoilt again in near future. The best option is to get another new drive as the price of a new drive is very cheap nowadays.
Hard disk is one the easiest spoilt device on a computer as it is used intensively all the time especially with the hardware mechanism in the drive.
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At about USD1.5/Gb it is worth just buying a new hdd and not persevering with what is now a small and unreliable drive.
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There are alot of recovery software packages available today, you can just search the web and get multiple hits, however I have to agree with the comments above.  If the data on that drive is not critical for recovery and you can live without recovering it, then your better off getting another drive.  In the future you may want to think seriously about backup capabilities.
Another last ditch effort:  Have you tried connecting the drive to another pc ?? set the BIOS to auto and attempt to boot ??  Boot using a boot disk to get to a prompt and then attempt to read the drive...

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The same problem I had experienced with the same drive (20 gigs, 7200 rpm Ouantum fireball) and unfortunually there was no way to recover it. It seems to be the problem of the all similar drives.
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I spend money for this? forget it.

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