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Unread 16-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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IDE to USB adapter killed my HDD

This is strange. I have an IDE to USB adapter and a power supply that came wit it. it looks something like this http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bAyXBMegiQ...0/ide2usb3.jpg I use it to read old IDE hard drives.

So I have a 20GB Ide hard drive. I plug the thing in with the power supply. It starts ok. I switch it off. Then I connect with the laptop but it doesn't start. Instead, I got this crackling sound and then my HDD drops dead. I tried it with another 20 GB HDD, same model, same result. Now two of my HDDs are KIA

Can someone please explain what happened so I won't repeat my mistake?

Power supply specifics: Input: 100-240 VAC Output: 12v 2A 5v 2A

ALSO note that I've used this IDE to USB adapter with many hard drives, including a 20 year old 256mb IDE hard drive used in a 486 (my laptop didn't recognize it but the HDD is still working fine) and a 320 GB WD hard drive. Never had it fried my HHD's before.

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Re: IDE to USB adapter killed my HDD

Do you have a Desktop PC with IDE support to check these disks?

I had a similar experience with one of my old 40GB IDE Seagate drives. Despite trying everything I failed to recover any data from it. Seagate support refused help on the basis that I used a non-standard connector to the drive but told me that the drive is most likely fried due to cheap voltage regulators in the USB-IDE adaptor.
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Re: IDE to USB adapter killed my HDD

Coincidentally, the HDDs i used are also old Seagates. Maybe some of these older models are unreliable? I've got a few comps that support IDE's. The fried Hard drives won't power up.

I'll ask the manufacturer if he knows anything. where I live, customer support is very thin.
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Re: IDE to USB adapter killed my HDD

Can we connect it with LCD?
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Re: IDE to USB adapter killed my HDD

You should change the adopter.
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One thing I have noticed about these adapters is the flimsy wiring within the connector head. I've had to disassemble two of them to rewire and insulate the wiring in the head. The wiring within it tends to short easily. Also, the cable into the head can take NO stress - don't pull on it.

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