Can plugging an IDE cable in wrong kill a HD?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by chrisj, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. chrisj

    chrisj Guest

    Hi, i was trying to copy some files from a 2.5 HD and plugged the converter
    cable in the wrong way round, for some reason I figured pin 1 was 90 degrees
    clockwise from the missing pin, latter when i actualy looked at the HD it
    seems it was the wrong way round. Anyway, the HD doesnt even pick up in the
    bios now, makes a bit of clicking sound, sort of 1 second apart, but fairly

    So, i guess the HD is screwed, but was it my fault? Would this be what
    normally happens or have I been unlucky.


    chrisj, Nov 24, 2004
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    I don't know but it seems like you have killed the thing based on your
    detailed explanation of the events that lead to the unit's demise. However,
    I could be wrong.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Nov 24, 2004
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    Nik Schlein Guest

    I don't know how old the computer is but the BIOS should check for the IDE
    cable to be plugged in right. It does for Floppy drivers. And if the cable
    is not fully plugged in it also will no run. What I would do is get another
    IDE cable and try that. I bet you the cable is bad, plus it has to be old if
    it didn't have the notched side to idiot proof the plugging in process.
    Nik Schlein, Nov 24, 2004
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    Stevo Guest

    The 2.5 HDD (Laptop type) drives have power provided through the one
    connector, so plugging it in the wrong way round is likely to do 'some'
    Stevo, Nov 24, 2004
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    Conor Guest

    It can screw it on a 2.5" HDD because unlike a normal IDE interface on
    3,5" drives/CDROMs etc, power for the drive is supplied through the IDE

    In short, you killed it.


    Greedo shot first. Greedo ALWAYS shot first. You did not see Solo shoot
    It never happened. Never, ever. Not in any version. Remember: Greedo
    shot first.
    Conor, Nov 24, 2004
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    Plato Guest

    Plugging in a data cable wrong does not toast the hard drive. However,
    if you bent or broke a pin or so while doing so you may have pharked it.
    Plato, Nov 25, 2004
  7. chrisj


    Oct 25, 2008
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    Sorry if this is old, but it still regards for today.

    I did the same thing with my old 3.5" about a year ago, and although that one pin is jammed in (not all the way), the HDD still works without a problem...
    anyone else did this? did you kill your hdd?
    opala, Oct 25, 2008
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