Replace HDD circuit?

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Zenoxio

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So the circuit board on my HDD seems to be broken (so I was told). Is it possible to replace this instead of having to pay a lot of money sending it out for data recovery?

The HDD is still being made and it's $60. Could I buy a new one and swap boards?
 

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If thats what the problem is then yes you can do that.

HOWEVER, and this is critical, it must be the exact 100% identical drive and PCB; that means every model number, part number, and revision needs to be identical or it may not work.
 

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There may be some sites that would sell just circuit board, WD will not. It has to be exact, it can't be from a similar or newer model, there can be some exceptions to that but for 99% of the time it needs to be a 100% match.
 

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Also note that the WD5000AAKS is only a partial model number, a full one would be WD5000AAKS-75YGA0(this happens to be the model of my WD 500GB drive).
 
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If they try to rip you off, just buy the exact model of drive and pull the PCB off of it.
 

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Okay so I have the WD5000AAKS-22TMA0, how do I know if I'm buying the exact same model if that 2nd part isn't listed on the product page?
 
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