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How did it die?

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May 20, 2012 1:14:42 PM

hey guys

a while ago my laptop died. I've replaced it with a new computer, but the laptop is still lying around. I was wondering what part
of my laptop broke, and how i could recycle it.

this happened: When I decided to build my pc, the floods in thailand just happened, so the HDD prices were very high. I asked a friend if he had a hard drive and he had one I could buy. Problem was: he could not test if it was still working, so he gave me a sata cable and I tried to plug it in my laptop. guess what, the 3,5" HDD was to much for my good old dell and it broke... but did the mobo die, or the power supply?

my mother is still hoping I can repair it so she could use it to browse the web.

thanks!

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a b D Laptop
May 20, 2012 1:31:11 PM

How did you connect the 3.5" drive's power?
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May 20, 2012 1:41:54 PM

well, there's a very small cable with a sata+sata power connection plug, and it fits the 2,5" drive as well as the 3,5" drive. I just plugged it in and tried to boot, but it didn't work and after that it wouldn't accept my original drive, it just said OS not found.
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a b D Laptop
May 20, 2012 1:51:49 PM

I think there's you problem.

Your 3.5" try to draw 12v from the laptop SATA which only provide 5v.

You should have use the data cable only to connect the laptop with the 3.5" drive and use an ATX PSU to give the HDD the 12v power.
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May 20, 2012 2:14:03 PM

indeed, I know now.. :) 

but... did my motherboard die, or just a part of it, or did my power supply get a blow?
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a b D Laptop
May 20, 2012 2:25:18 PM

You wouldn't know until you test it.
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May 20, 2012 2:27:00 PM

well, it's not that important so I'll keep it by the term 'dead' ;) 
I was just wondering if there was a standard for this

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May 20, 2012 2:27:15 PM

Best answer selected by harmpiejan.
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a b D Laptop
May 20, 2012 2:32:21 PM

Sell the parts if you can't fix it. You can always get something out of it.
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a b D Laptop
May 20, 2012 2:32:34 PM

This topic has been closed by Pyree
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