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January 4, 2011 8:08:36 PM

Ok... few days ago, i opened an old laptop toshiba t4500c (486) and unplugged hdd which is seagate st9385ag

i bought 44pin to usb converter and plugged in... disk is listed in device manager, but not in my computer

i tried with disk menagement, but disk can not be initialized

any ideas?

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a b G Storage
January 5, 2011 8:07:23 PM

was it functioning before in the laptop? Also be sure to remove any jumpers.
January 6, 2011 4:07:12 PM

jumpers were removed (set as master) and it worked i laptop without any errors
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a b G Storage
January 6, 2011 4:35:35 PM

are you trying to get something off of there?

How big is the drive?

What OS is on the new PC?
January 6, 2011 5:54:21 PM

get word files


January 9, 2011 6:46:50 PM

a b G Storage
January 10, 2011 12:57:30 AM

well obviously you don't want to initialize it if it's got data you need.

Can you try it on a different PC, maybe something with XP on it?
a b G Storage
January 10, 2011 4:35:26 AM

If the drive is that old it'll use CHS addressing, most (if not all) USB adaptors will use LBA addressing; bottom line: it won't work; the only way will be to connect it directly to the MoBo IDE port.
a b G Storage
January 10, 2011 4:02:48 PM

I hadn't thought of that. Do the new mobo's even still support CHS? Wow, flashback to entering that info manually for HDs!
January 11, 2011 9:10:26 PM


you confused me for a moment with connecting 44 pin onto MoBo. i looked on two MoBos intel and amd and haven't found 44pin connector.

i saw these convertors here but im shore i cant find 'em in my country. i'll keep on looking, maybe that can solve the problem

if anybody else have any ideas, don't be shy ;) 
March 17, 2012 7:05:16 PM