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I have an ancient ST-157A-1 45mb hard drive. I want to connect it to my computer and copy the data off of it. I purchased a usb-ide adapter, however it seems like the computer is completely unaware of the drive's existence - both under windows 7 and ubuntu. Any suggestions?

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considering the age, sure it isn't dead? –  Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '11 at 1:48
    
also, is it turning up in the bios? –  Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '11 at 2:08
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Best bet is to connect it to a PC with an IDE connector on the motherboard, I doubt any usb to ide adapter will be able to communicate with it, too old an architecture. –  Moab Sep 16 '11 at 2:27

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Given the age, isn't this drive an MFM or RLL drive? How are you hooking it up - I don't know of any USB - MFM/RLL type adapters.

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impediment.com/seagate-ide-txt/st157a.txt RLL/ "AT Bus" whatever it is –  Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '11 at 2:11
    
Nope, it's an old IDE drive. I'm wondering whether its 5/12V power requirements mean a USB adaptor can't cope. Moab's suggestion of hooking it up internally may be a good idea. –  Linker3000 Sep 16 '11 at 12:32

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