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Aces High

Mar 17, 2002
Tarzana Ca.
whats up tweakers,
I recently picked up some misc hardware at neighbours garage sale.
Old intel chips(still dont know why),some leds motherboards etc...
I also grabbed two hard drives,a old western digital,Caviar 2420
AT Compatible drive parameters-989cyl 15heads 56spt 425.3mb
Seagate 4092cyl 2111mb 16heads 63sectors.The person I purchased them from had no knowledge of data or condition of drives.Now is there a safe way to view data or get info on condition of drives?Really curious to se whats on them,but dont want to create problems within system.Do I have options other than rolling the dice.Thanx alot.


Forums Super Moderator
Feb 20, 2001
try hooking them up to your rig. If the plugs dont fit then you need an older HD controller.


Senior of BX
Dec 17, 2000
if its an IDE drive the connections will fit.
IDE has not changed it 40 pins count...

once again, just put them in your rig...
RUN a SURFACE SCAN (test for bad sectors) then you are set.


Jan 31, 2002
North of Boston, MA
personally I disconnect my primary drives before playing with drives I dont know anything about nad boot to dos with a boot disk then check the drive, maybe use a AV tool on it. just to be on the safe side. I did this with a 800 meg drive my father had lying around for a system I'm going to give to my sister for email and word processing(P120 @ 133... working on getting it higher doesn't really agree with me on that though).