I have a 160GB hard drive from an external Seagate USB drive that we can't get data off of it.
I took the bare drive out of the USB box in case there was something wrong with the USB box's hardware.
The drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 from 2006? 2007? and has PATA / IDE connectors.
I have a couple USB gadgets that let you connect to bare drives and then plug this gadget into a PC's USB port. I tried a couple of those gadgets. The drive spins up and doesn't clunk. But the PCs hang when opening drive management / can't read from the drives. I've gotten an older computer with PATA connectors. Put that drive in and it doesn't see it.
A couple people suggested getting other seagate hard drives and swap the controller boards.
I got 2 drives from ebay. Both Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160GB drives. But I screwed up and missed that they are SATA, not PATA.
Putting each hard drive in a PC, they work fine, show the correct amount of storage / can read / write to them.
I took off the controller boards and tried them on the failed drive. Both hang when booting up.
Anyone know if using a SATA controller rather than PATA matters to the hard drive? (the drive and controller talk to each other the same for PATA and SATA? It's just the controller talking to the PC that's different?
I tried the controller boards without a hard drive and the PC kinda acts the same way as when the failed hard drive is connected to the controllers. is it 'cause the (SATA) controllers can't talk to the drive because its failed or because they are sata and the drive is PATA?
Looks like the drive is going to a data recovery service at this point : ( $$$$