Hardware 101: I want to build a simple Linux server using an old internal HDD (Seagate Barracuda 7200.7) stripped from a PC tower. Originally, it was the booting drive of a factory-shipped HP tower bought in around 2003, complete with motherboard and all. I took the tower apart and discarded the motherboard (probably a big mistake).
Anyway, I tried to test the drive by spinning it up. It has a SATA port, a jumper block, and an exposed logic board. After googling a bit, I got the impression that I didn't need to engage the logic board or the jumper block.
Does this mean the drive is "dead" in the sense that the electronics aren't functioning, or am I just engaging them incorrectly? I don't necessarily need to use it as a booting drive, but at the least it should function as storage. If it is indeed dead in the electronic sense, I'm hoping the 160G of memory can still be used (not to mention the existing data I'm interested in extracting), provided that it's fitted into a functioning electronic environment.
What can I do to create a functioning electronic environment for the memory chip? How should I mess with the logic board and connections? What additional gear do I need to make it work?