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Garry Beattie
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      06-01-2004
Hi guys.

My HDD crashed and took with it some very important data which I need to
recover.

The drive, when placed into a computer is dead. Dead to the point that it
locks up the computer.

It is a 40g Seagate drive. I have an identical drive to it as a spare and
was wondering if I could somehow remove the data disc's from the faulty
drive and insert them into the good drive?
I know I run the risk of losing both drives, however that is a risk I am
willing to take.
I believe it is the circuit board that has given out on my faulty drive, not
the data disc's themselves.
Perhaps I could swap circuit boards?

Any advice or idea's?????

Best regards


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Thor
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      06-01-2004

"Garry Beattie" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Hi guys.
>
> My HDD crashed and took with it some very important data which I need to
> recover.
>
> The drive, when placed into a computer is dead. Dead to the point that it
> locks up the computer.
>
> It is a 40g Seagate drive. I have an identical drive to it as a spare and
> was wondering if I could somehow remove the data disc's from the faulty
> drive and insert them into the good drive?
> I know I run the risk of losing both drives, however that is a risk I am
> willing to take.
> I believe it is the circuit board that has given out on my faulty drive,

not
> the data disc's themselves.
> Perhaps I could swap circuit boards?


Swapping the circuit board is something that can be attempted if the drives
are identical models. Swapping the platters is not. There is virtually no
way you would get the platters out, and installed into another drive without
irrepairably damaging them. Not only that, but they are assembled in a
special clean-room dust free environment. Opening the platter housing would
contaminate it with the dust and dirt floating around in the air.

Carefully examine the circuit board, and remove the screws that hold it in
place. The board may also have small film-lead contacts that have to be
disconnected, and the board itself may also be plugged into a socket on the
backside. Take great care, and do not force the board off the drive, if you
meet resistance. Also make sure to ground yourself to prevent electrostatic
damage to the components. Of course, you could send the drive to a data
recovery specialist. But also be prepared to spend a lot of money to do
that.


 
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Garry Beattie
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      06-01-2004
Thanks Thor.

I think I will try the circuit board and see what happens.

Garry


 
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Stuart
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      06-11-2004
Garry Beattie wrote:

> Hi guys.
>
> My HDD crashed and took with it some very important data which I need to
> recover.
>
> The drive, when placed into a computer is dead. Dead to the point that it
> locks up the computer.
>
> It is a 40g Seagate drive. I have an identical drive to it as a spare and
> was wondering if I could somehow remove the data disc's from the faulty
> drive and insert them into the good drive?
> I know I run the risk of losing both drives, however that is a risk I am
> willing to take.
> I believe it is the circuit board that has given out on my faulty drive, not
> the data disc's themselves.
> Perhaps I could swap circuit boards?
>
> Any advice or idea's?????
>
> Best regards



Have you tried booting up using the good one with the not so good one as
a slave drive?

Stuart

 
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