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#1 ColSandoz

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 09:08 AM

Just a quick question...

I have a busted mobo and a locked 80gb drive.

short of swapping the eeprom with a new mobo is there anything else that can be done to make the drive usable again... I dont care too much about the data on it, but it would be nice, if possible, to recover it

Im thinking the answer is a flat NO, but I figured I would double check.

also, any tips on swapping eeprom would be nice, too. I only seem to see 1 tut, and its a bit sparse on details.

Edited by ColSandoz, 31 July 2004 - 09:10 AM.


#2 monke

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 09:15 AM

It is actually possible to stick a big magnet on the side to wipe out the part that has the lock on it, (I think), but eeprom switching is really easy, the chip is so small you can just heat each one up for for a little bit and pull it off. If that doesnt work, you could lay solder accross one side and heat that entire side.

Hope that makes sense, I'm sleepy.

#3 Scaramanga

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 09:22 AM

If you'd made a HDD key backup
(using evox backup option etc.)
things would be easier.

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 10:04 AM

Well if the mobo wasnt busted he could get the backup, but then he wouldnt be in this situation anyway.

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 10:07 AM

big magnet what are u serious?

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 10:46 AM

QUOTE (monke @ Jul 31 2004, 02:18 AM)
It is actually possible to stick a big magnet on the side to wipe out the part that has the lock on it, (I think)

not true, there is no possible way to do this (i know) laugh.gif

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 11:41 AM

QUOTE (markland556 @ Jul 31 2004, 11:49 AM)
not true, there is no possible way to do this (i know) laugh.gif

Are you sure about that?.. bcuz I know a big magnet will erase the hard drive.. or screw it up..

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 01:34 PM

Ok just throwing my 2 cents in. But a big magnet to unlock a drive could possibly be the dumbest suggestion ever posted in these forums. Will this same big magnet eliminate my credit card bills if I use it to wipe all the cards in my wallet?

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE (triggernum5 @ Jul 31 2004, 06:37 AM)
Ok just throwing my 2 cents in. But a big magnet to unlock a drive could possibly be the dumbest suggestion ever posted in these forums. Will this same big magnet eliminate my credit card bills if I use it to wipe all the cards in my wallet?

i agree totally. there is no way in hell that data is gunna magicall erase and not kill some sectors or the whole hdd.




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