HDD Problem

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Garry Beattie, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. 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


    --
    Garry Beattie
    Ocean Spirit Marine Imports
    and
    Ocean Spirit Trailer Sailer &
    Small Yacht Cruising E-Magazine.
    www.ocean-spirit.com


    Garry Beattie, Jun 1, 2004
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  2. Garry Beattie

    Thor Guest

    "Garry Beattie" <> wrote in message
    news:40bc62ef$0$8109$...
    > 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.
    Thor, Jun 1, 2004
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  3. Thanks Thor.

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

    Garry
    Garry Beattie, Jun 1, 2004
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    Stuart Guest

    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
    Stuart, Jun 11, 2004
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