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So I've got a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB that has decided not to work. Spins up just fine, but is not recognized by the system.
Plugged it into an enclosure to try to hear what's going on.

The drive sounds healthy, but I don't hear any signs of what I think sounds like the actuator arm on healthy drives being disengaged. It just sits there after spin-up, making a very slight and the indicator light on the external enclosure doesn't turn on.
After a while, however, it parks the head and attempts to spin up again. Repeats this every two minutes (although I suspect this may be the interface, rather than the drive or it's controller).

I'm looking for a donor PCB, in case that might be the culprit. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 5
You say the drive is in an enclosure? Have you taken it out and hooked it directly to the computer?
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post #3 of 5
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Well, the drive was in a laptop — I plugged it into another laptop, and both did not show that they recognized the drive (no ID information in boot menu, BIOS or diagnostic Boot CDs). I've only just plugged it into an enclosure.
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Sound like you are indeed in need of a donor board at the very least. You have to match those almost exactly to get them to work. Even then, there is no guarantee it will work. Do you simply need to recover the data?
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post #5 of 5
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I have a few other Scorpio 500GB drives lying around, and WD quite handily specifies the firmware version and PCB revision on the front label, so I'll hunt for a donor board, yes.
I'm not sure what exactly has gone wrong, though, so yeah, a donor board might end up making absolutely no difference.
Yeah I just need the data back, the drive itself is inexpensive and unnecessary (also, really old).
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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