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My desktop is currently taken apart as I am doing my water cooling loop right now. I needed a file I created on my desktop, which was on my desktop's hard drive.

So, I took apart a WD My Book and tried plugging in my HDD into my laptop. Within the first few seconds, the drive started smoking. I unplugged it immediately. I then tried plugging the drive into my brother's computer. His computer wouldn't even boot unless I removed the drive. Stupidly, I do not currently have a backup solution. I think it's time I invested in one...

Anyway, I removed the PCB and this is what I found:





Is there any chance I could fix this drive? Or can I at least retrieve the data off it?
post #2 of 25
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/133294-raising-the-dead-can-a-regular-person-repair-a-damaged-hard-drive

Hope it helps. Cheers.
   
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Thanks for the article. It looks like I won't be doing the freezer option. Do you think it would be wise to try to get a new PCB? I was looking at this site: http://www.onepcbsolution.com/index.html
post #4 of 25
Just be careful. You need to make sure all of this matchs on the board:

Manufacturing date
Batch number
Origin of manufacture
revision

Also bare in mind that even if you replace the board, the drive may be shot. IF you replace the board and it works, do not use the board longer than you need to as you need to worry about possible damage left by the board going on the preamp on the armature.
 
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Those look like Resistors i think, I had a similar problem on an older drive, I simply shorted the drive to get it up and running, I only had a small amount of data to get off, It didn't last more then 10 minutes.
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post #6 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Just be careful. You need to make sure all of this matchs on the board:

Manufacturing date
Batch number
Origin of manufacture
revision

Also bare in mind that even if you replace the board, the drive may be shot. IF you replace the board and it works, do not use the board longer than you need to as you need to worry about possible damage left by the board going on the preamp on the armature.
This is the PCB number: 100617465 REV B
If that works, could I RMA the drive afterward and get a replacement?
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Rayleyne View Post

Those look like Resistors i think, I had a similar problem on an older drive, I simply shorted the drive to get it up and running, I only had a small amount of data to get off, It didn't last more then 10 minutes.
Yeah it was the resistors.And how would I short the drive? I've got about ~300ish gigs I need to take off the drive, so do you think I'd be able to get it done?
post #8 of 25
If your hard disk drive platters have been damaged for any reason, unfortunately, there is no way to repair it because it is hardware damage. However, before concluding that it really is hardware damage, it is still important to do troubleshooting by testing your hard disk drive to another computer system. Many times over voltage will NOT damage the actual workings of the hard disk but rather the PCB. There are a set of protection resistors and diodes that will generally burn out before any really serious damage happens. If this is the case it is a DIY repair that you can do to salvage the the data on your drive. It is highly recommended that you not use this drive (except to backup the data on it) after bypassing the the resistor and diode as the drive will no longer have over voltage protection and even a small power fluctuation from the PSU will burn out the drive. I hope that when you pluged the HDD to your brother's computer it survived.
   
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post #9 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grmadness View Post

If your hard disk drive platters have been damaged for any reason, unfortunately, there is no way to repair it because it is hardware damage. However, before concluding that it really is hardware damage, it is still important to do troubleshooting by testing your hard disk drive to another computer system. Many times over voltage will NOT damage the actual workings of the hard disk but rather the PCB. There are a set of protection resistors and diodes that will generally burn out before any really serious damage happens. If this is the case it is a DIY repair that you can do to salvage the the data on your drive. It is highly recommended that you not use this drive (except to backup the data on it) after bypassing the the resistor and diode as the drive will no longer have over voltage protection and even a small power fluctuation from the PSU will burn out the drive. I hope that when you pluged the HDD to your brother's computer it survived.
It was just PCB damage. How would I go about the repair?
post #10 of 25
I would go with your solution, the PCB change.
   
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