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I would go with your solution, the PCB change.
If that works, would I be able to RMA the drive afterward?
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If that works, would I be able to RMA the drive afterward?

probably not
 
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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?

Dont tell me this. You need to find an EXACT drive to the manufacturing data (no more than 2 weeks apart (a week before or a week after the date on the drive). Has to be an exact model and made in the same place. Plus everything else has to match up, even then it may not work because you cannot transfer the G-List between the 2 drives. Also, it could be the preamp on the armature is damaged which caused the short in the first place. If that is the case (or it could have been damaged from the failure), then you are boned.


Good luck finding the right drive. Most the time, if you REALLY need the data from the drive, is to send it off to Drive Savers. They got spare parts to swap into drives for data retrieval.

As the drive is now, you can send it in. If you swap the baord then put the old one back on, maybe.
 
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Dont tell me this. You need to find an EXACT drive to the manufacturing data (no more than 2 weeks apart (a week before or a week after the date on the drive). Has to be an exact model and made in the same place. Plus everything else has to match up, even then it may not work because you cannot transfer the G-List between the 2 drives. Also, it could be the preamp on the armature is damaged which caused the short in the first place. If that is the case (or it could have been damaged from the failure), then you are boned.


Good luck finding the right drive. Most the time, if you REALLY need the data from the drive, is to send it off to Drive Savers. They got spare parts to swap into drives for data retrieval.

As the drive is now, you can send it in. If you swap the baord then put the old one back on, maybe.
So basically I'm screwed? Because there's no way I'm going to be able to find a drive within those specifications... And I cannot afford the Drive Savers solution as I am only a high schooler with no legitimate source of income.

And for the PCB swap, the website I'm looking at has you send your old PCB to them and they transfer the firmware to a new PCB. Does that sound like it would work?
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Dont tell me this. You need to find an EXACT drive to the manufacturing data (no more than 2 weeks apart (a week before or a week after the date on the drive). Has to be an exact model and made in the same place. Plus everything else has to match up, even then it may not work because you cannot transfer the G-List between the 2 drives. Also, it could be the preamp on the armature is damaged which caused the short in the first place. If that is the case (or it could have been damaged from the failure), then you are boned.


Good luck finding the right drive. Most the time, if you REALLY need the data from the drive, is to send it off to Drive Savers. They got spare parts to swap into drives for data retrieval.

As the drive is now, you can send it in. If you swap the baord then put the old one back on, maybe.
So basically I'm screwed? Because there's no way I'm going to be able to find a drive within those specifications... And I cannot afford the Drive Savers solution as I am only a high schooler with no legitimate source of income.

And for the PCB swap, the website I'm looking at has you send your old PCB to them and they transfer the firmware to a new PCB. Does that sound like it would work?

The firmware is on the outer edge of the platter in the drive. They would be transfering the G-List. Personally, I wouldn't trust them.


What have we learned today?
 
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The firmware is on the outer edge of the platter in the drive. They would be transfering the G-List. Personally, I wouldn't trust them.


What have we learned today?
They said it would just be soldering on a new ROM chip.
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That wouldn't fix your issue. The chips that went are resisters.

Anyways, the point I was making is in my sig.
 
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That wouldn't fix your issue. The chips that went are resisters.

Anyways, the point I was making is in my sig.
Why wouldn't that fix my issue? Just did some research and apparently they were microfuses, not resistors. But that shouldn't matter because I'd be getting an entirely new PCB?

And yeah I know backup your data. I mentioned this in the OP...

EDIT: What backup solution do you recommend? After sorting this whole mess, I was going to get 2 drives to put in RAID 1 and then another drive in an external enclosure. Does that sound like a good plan?
Edited by YouGotJaked - 2/17/13 at 11:03am
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That wouldn't fix your issue. The chips that went are resisters.

Anyways, the point I was making is in my sig.
Why wouldn't that fix my issue? Just did some research and apparently they were microfuses, not resistors. But that shouldn't matter because I'd be getting an entirely new PCB?

And yeah I know backup your data. I mentioned this in the OP...

EDIT: What backup solution do you recommend? After sorting this whole mess, I was going to get 2 drives to put in RAID 1 and then another drive in an external enclosure. Does that sound like a good plan?

That is what I would do. This is how I have everything setup:

60GB - OS + programs
RAID 5 (3x750GB) - This is for data I really care about
1TB drive - Games and large programs, all saved data is on RAID5
2TB external - For archiving and stuff I don't really care much about.

You could also get Norton Ghost and have it make weekly backups. Though I REALLY wish windows was like OSX and its Time Machine.
 
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That is what I would do. This is how I have everything setup:

60GB - OS + programs
RAID 5 (3x750GB) - This is for data I really care about
1TB drive - Games and large programs, all saved data is on RAID5
2TB external - For archiving and stuff I don't really care much about.

You could also get Norton Ghost and have it make weekly backups. Though I REALLY wish windows was like OSX and its Time Machine.
Thanks looks like a good setup. I would do RAID 5, but I don't think I have enough ports on my motherboard. Are you using a RAID controller by any chance? I wouldn't think RAID 5 would need one, but just curious.
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