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  1. I was playing with the actuator today, and the mechanical stuff got all messed up, but I fixed it.
  2. I have an old Seagate ST-157A-1 that was made around 1990. It has been: Dropped while spinning "Tricked" into spinning up to ~5000 RPM (Normal 3600) Exposed to LOTS of dust ...and it still works!
  3. I noticed that floppy drives use a similar interface to old ST-506 hard drives. So if anybody has an MFM or RLL controller and a high density floppy drive, please try making this adapter: Floppy Drive - Controller C - Control Cable D - Data Cable 2 - C2 8 - C20 10 - C26 14 - C26 18 - C34 20 - C24 22 - D13 GND - D14 24 - C6 25 - C10 28 - +5V 30 - D17 GND - D18 32 - C14 34 - C22 You will need to enter these parameters: Cylinders=80 Heads=2 Sectors=18 Then do a low-level format, and it should work. Let me know if it does. I'm not responsible if you fry something.
  4. I'm not talking about the data cable, I'm talking about the power cable. If you start the computer with the power cable plugged in, then that doesn't matter. I think all hard drives can handle hot-swapping. In fact, my old Seagate ST-157A-1 seems to support it. For standard SATA, only power connectors with extended pins 4 and 12 can be plugged in while the computer is running. If using slimline SATA, a power cable with a shortened pin 1 and extended pins 5 and 6 is needed. So, you should be fine doing that, except you may wear out your cable as the connectors are only rated for 50 insertion/removal cycles.
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    Normally huge WD fan but ...........

    The 1.5TB drives? Those were Seagate.
  6. cheapie

    The Hard Drive Giveaway Thread!

    I could use the Hitachi 500GB. My parents' computer needs more storage space. I would give it to them and put their old drive in an enclosure.
  7. It shouldn't, but it's not recommended unless your drive, motherboard, and cable all support hot-swapping.
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    Seagate Constellation ES Hard Drives

    There should be a jumper to force lower speed anyway. I don't think there will be any problems.
  9. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will assume that the old drive is /dev/sda and the new drive is /dev/sdb. Check these before you do anything, and adjust the commands appropriately. Also, make sure that you have a Windows installation or repair CD/DVD available. 1. Download and burn an Ubuntu CD. You want the 32-bit desktop edition standard CD (not alternate or DVD). You can follow the instructions to put this on a flash drive instead of a CD if desired. 2. Boot from the CD or flash drive in "Try without installing" (Live) mode. 3. Press Alt-F2 and type "gksu palimpsest" in the box that appears, then press enter. 4. Select the new drive in the left pane. 5. Near the top of the right pane, select "Format Drive". 6. In the dialog box that appears, select "Master Boot Record". 7. If it asks for confirmation, go ahead and confirm. 8. Create a new "Empty" partition spanning a little less than the entire drive. 9. Wait for all disk activity to stop, then close the window. 10. Open a terminal (Alt+F2 and type "gnome-terminal", then press enter) 11. Type "sudo dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sdb1" and press enter (the ones are important, they specify the partition number). 12. Wait for it to finish (it will take a long time, and there is no progress indicator), then close the window. 13. Press Alt-F2 and type "software-center", then press enter. 14. Search for and install GParted if it is not installed already. 15. Close the software center when the installation completes. 16. Press Alt+F2 and type "gksu gparted", then press enter. 17. Select sdb in the drop-down menu in the top right corner. 18. Right-click the partition in the list and select Resize. 19. Resize the partition to the size of the drive. 20. Click the green check to apply the changes. 21. When the operation completes, close GParted. 22. Press Alt-F2 and type "gksu nautilus", then press enter. 23. When the window opens, navigate to the partition that you used as D: in the left pane, select all the files in the right pane, then press Ctrl+C. 24. In the left pane, navigate to the new drive. 25. Paste the files wherever you want. 26. Repeat steps 23-25 for the partition that you used for E:. 27. Click the eject symbol in the left pane. 28. Turn off the computer (pressing the power button will bring up the menu). 29. When prompted to remove the CD, replace it with your Windows CD/DVD. 30. Remove the old hard drive, leaving only the new one. 31. Turn the computer back on, pressing a key at the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD..." prompt if necessary. 32. Choose whatever option gets you to a command prompt. 33. Run the fixmbr command. 34. Restart your computer and remove the Windows CD/DVD. 35. You should now be back in Windows, running off your new drive, with all partitions merged!
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    most reliable hard drive?

    I have had these failure rates: Seagate - 1 of 7 (14%) Maxtor - 1 of 3 (33%) Western Digital - 1 of 2 (50%) Toshiba - 0 of 1 (0%) I personally prefer Seagate. In fact, I have an old (at least 15 years old) ST-157A-1 not-so-quietly whirring away in my computer. The only Seagate drive that I ever had that failed was 10 years old at the time.
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    200,000 Seek Errors in Under One Hour

    I ran SpinRite because the drive seemed to be running slowly. SpinRite said that the drive was OK. (Sorry for the late reply)
  12. I have a hard drive that I was running SpinRite on after I noticed it was slow. During the test, the drive reported over 200,000 seek errors. Is this normal?
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    Seagate ST-157A

    And better than a Miniscribe 3650 (which I'm also assuming won't be added). I hear those were awful.
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    Seagate ST-157A

    Yep, it's still spinning, and still only at 3600 RPM. Works great. No bad sectors. I have MS-DOS 7.10 installed on it. It's too bad that you're not adding it though...
  15. Manufacturer: Seagate Family: Legacy Released: 1991 Notes: Seagate's only IDE stepper (I think) Model Name (product family): ST-157A Model Number: ST-157A Capacity: 44.7 MB URL: Interface: IDE (PIO 0) Spindle Speed: 3600 RPM Seek: 40 ms (ST-157A-0) 28 ms (ST-157A-1) Buffer: 2 KB Density: 14.8 MB per platter