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UPDATE: Hard Disk Drive Controller Error Message

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Brad, Jan 9, 2006.

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  1. Brad

    Brad Guest


    I have a Quantum "Fireball" 1.2GB HDD that went
    bad. I got a message regarding a problem with the
    "controller". I swapped the controller (same controller)
    from a similar HDD and I still get the same message.

    Update: (I forgot) The error message is,
    "1782 - Disk Controller Failure".

    I am trying to recover some files on the HDD. Could
    a hardware fault cause a controller error message?

    Thanks in advance, Brad

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  2. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    Assuming the ATA interface in your PC is OK, given the age of the drive it
    sounds like a fault in the HDA, maybe bad heads, failed head amp, head
    crash, failed motor bearings etc. If you changed the PCB and the fault's
    still there you've done all you reasonably can. You aren't going to get the
    files back, and unless the files are worth the cost of data recovery, I'd
    dispose of the drive and move on.

    You can try the old trick of putting the drive in the freezer overnight in
    an *airtight* bag (very important) then quickly powering it up while it's
    still ice cold and see if you can get anywhere with it, but I doubt it will

  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    can you hear the disc spinning up when you power it on....

    if not,, jerk the unit in a circular motion back and forth right
    after you power it on and see if you can break the static friction and
    get the disc to spin up.

    If so , get your data off ASAP.

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