Originally Posted by Lord Xeb Just kill me already
Seagate? Check. SSD? Check. SSHD... Yep.
So, I have a seagate drive here that just got approved. This drive has the following wrong with it:
Dead PCB - Rom swap required to a matching PCB
Likely failing heads but cannot tell
Definitely degraded surface.
Me wanting to kill it.
Will keep you guys updated. Have donor drive on order but it won't be in till next week. Lets see what I have do shall we? Down the rabbit hole we go then.
Guess what boys and girls? This drive was not recoverable. It not only had a bad PCB (which I swapped the ROM over) but also had bad heads... Well. yeah about those heads. I did a head exchange and the drive got ready but would immediately destabilize as soon as I attempted any sort of access (SA - service area or otherwise). I put the donor parts back into the donor and that drive no longer worked either. This pretty much confirms platter damage unfortunately. To further confirm this case I had removed the platter (NEVER
do this unless you know what you are doing) and examined the bottom surface (that I could not see). I have a machine that produces steam from distilled water and allows me to see if there are any thin lines. In a pinch you can use your breath but not recommended. When you do that you are producing very small droplets of siliva and other crap... Not good. That is where these lines get their name from - BT lines or Breath Test lines. Top looked fine... bottom no so much. Rings and rings everywhere. Further investigation under a bright light showed signs of pock marks. This drive was done.
Why did I remove the platter when I have said never to do so?
1) Drive was already toast
2) I know what I am doing
3) I know what side goes up or down
4) I have the tools to do it
5) I have a clean room
6) It has only a single platter
7) I needed to completely without a doubt confirm platter damage.
In regards to Case 3 - That was fully recovered but damn it was bad. I mean really bad. 38k sectors not readable. About 12k were contiguous toward the beginning. The others were in groups of 8. The file system was really screwed up too. I had to scan both copies of the FAT MFT and do a composite rebuild. Got the file system back and surprisingly there was not a single file damaged. Color me surprised. Another recovery I am glad to see go. Get out of here problem child. You have done your damage and grandpa needs a nap.Edited by Lord Xeb - 11/30/16 at 5:25pm