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Bad Hard drive

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Apr 3, 2012 7:04 AM

Hi I have a friends WD External HD. It winds up and 3 clicks and winds down. I have a been doing some reading

and thinking the external board might be bad, My questions is can I remove this drive frome it's case and add it

to my internal second bay on my G5 to see if it will mount?

 

Thanks

Martin

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,605 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to upctry2)

    depends on the drive electronics but most likly it will work; the drive needs ESATA connections

    no need to permanently fit the drive at this stage just connect and see if it functions

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to upctry2)

    Internally it needs to be SATA 1.5 Gb/s compatible, many WD 3.5" drives can be stepped down to G5's slower SATA speed with a Jumper on pins 5 & 6.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 11:06 AM (in response to upctry2)

    Make sure you back up your computer first before attaching two drives to a controller.  It is just possible that a drive going bad could corrupt another drive using the same card in the computer.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to upctry2)

    If you try it make sure you have a spare drive acround to which to copy the data because it's not the kind of thing you can guanatee will work each time.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to upctry2)

    Martin, that may work, be sure to seal it tightly in a plastic bag, any moisture at all could ruin it big time.

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