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Change PCB of Hard disk and ?recovery?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by morison20, Aug 15, 2010.

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  1. morison20

    morison20 Thread Starter

    Jan 3, 2010
    I have Western digital WD3200BEVT (SATA 320 GB) hard disk drive in my laptop. Today, it suddenly started making noise as if it is stopping after every ~3 seconds and starting again. The HDD light of my laptop started blinking.

    There are lot of important personal data in that HDD and I don't have back up. I took my HDD to the shop. They asked huge money for data recovery. So, I get the HDD back as I can not afford that money (or my data is not that worth it). So, I thought to gamble a little. I was looking for HDD of same series. But I couldn't find that series. So I bought the later version , which is almost same.

    old HDD model is - WD3200BEVT-22A23T0 PCB no.- 2060-771672-001 REVP1
    New HDD model is - WD3200BEVT-00A23T0 PCB no.- 2060-771672-004 REVA

    Now, I changed the PCB and put the new HDD's PCB into old one. Then I connected it to laptop using USB enclosure. And the clicking sound is gone! It's running smoothly. Now, I connected that HDD using USB enclosure and it is recognized as "Generic Mass storage device" by windows xp. But I can not see the partitions. Also it is not in shown in disk management.

    I connected to the SATA port of the laptop and rebooted. Then BIOS says, "primary hard disk drive error".

    Now, how can I solve this problem? How can I make the HDD recognized by PC? How will I recover the data? Is there any way to change the firmware of the HDD circuit so that it would work with this drive?
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    i would try UBUNTU _ its not windows and doesnot get hung up with windows permissions - see below
    Its possible the drive has failed completely - sometimes you can get the drive going again - just for a short while - by freezing the hard drive - BUT be careful - when you remove from the freezer condensation will cause more issues
    see an article here on freezing the harddrive http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/01/freeze-your-hard-drive-to-recover-data.html

    It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
    This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

    If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
    goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

    YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick

    full details are here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

    click on the image "download ubuntu"
    Select a location
    then begin download
    Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

    You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
    The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
    If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/

    When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see the following options
    1) Try ubunto without any change to your computer
    2) Install ubuntu
    3) Check CD for defects
    4) Test memory
    5) Boot from first hard disk.

    Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1

    Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
    This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working

    You may see your Harddrive on the desktop - if not have in look in the places on the tool bar at the top of the screen.

    If you can see your harddrive – see if you can find the your datafiles –
    XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
    Vista look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC

    Now if you have a USB flash drive or external harddrive – you should be able to copy your data from the harddrive onto the USB device
  3. TRS-80 vet

    TRS-80 vet Account Closed

    Jun 17, 2005
    I changed a PCB on a HDD once, and it didn't even recognize the device...

    BUT, since your drive was seen, even without recognize partitions, chances are good for recovery.

    Try as etaf said. Ubuntu will recognize the drive, although it might not recognize the partitions. If it does not, you should probably go to eBay, and find the EXACT IDENTICAL firmware disk, and swap again the PCB.

    I think Ubuntu and Windows both would then recognize the partitions.
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