Honestly there is not way to damage the drive or the circuit board when there is no power to it " except for static electricity which is no more of a hazard when working on any circuit board " there is no cables that get plugged into the HDD they are all spring type gold plated spring like connectors that just sit on the HDD to make contact w/the circuit board. I will post a couple of pictures. In any case If I am sent a new HDD and I swop out the circuit board is it possible for the data on the HDD to be lost if the new circuit board has a different HDD firmware version or am I safe in that sense. I'm not worried about damaging any drives. Additionally I don't think that I should have to pay a rediculouse amount of money to recover my data so I'm simply trying to do the same thing that the manufacture would do and charge me an arm and leg for.
I'll get you all a few pictures so you all can see what I'm talking about when it comes to the connections between the HDD and circuit board.
Edit: here are the pictures of the drive disassembled.
This is before I removed the circuit board
This is w/the circuit board removed
This is the close up of the HDD side disk motor connections
This is a close up of the circuit board side of the disk motor connections
This is a close up of the disk side of the data connections
This is the circuit board side of the data connections
So with those pictures do you still think it is possible to damage the HDD from removing and replacing a identical circuit board?
N2GEdited by N2Gaming - 4/26/09 at 12:44pm