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Ok here is my sad story I while back I got an external 250 GB WD drive and after a while it started to give me I/O fail something (cant remember), so I could not get access to any of my data, using some data recovery it took me weeks to get most of personal data recovered. With it just sitting as a paper weight, I decided to take the casing off, and I got a bare WD drive. So I put it on my computer and after a full formart it worked like a charm. So times go by and from time to time I use to perform a clean windows install, so I saved my data back to the the same drive lol . But the drive was actually good and it did not gave me any problem until one day I went to connect it to the pc with the pc on and snap (I was used to do this as it was more convenience, then to have to turn the computer off, plug it, turn computer on), the power supply shut down. So when I turn on the computer again, no HD So I thing it had a short circuit which killed the board of the HD. Oh well... and again it wasnt fully backup. So I was thinking maybe if I replace the board from another HD I could get it back to work?

But I heard it might have to be something from the same model, firmwire version, things like this?

Is it possible to just find the board it self?

here are some pics of it....

Please let me know what can be done, if anything can be done at all ;p

thanks

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post #2 of 10
Do you feel the HDD start?the vibration? or is it plain dead?

With the HDD completely dead you can search for a same model board and try it. it has to be exactly he same model, FW, etc, or it may not work.
From now on use a hot-swap device...

PS: if it isn't 2 years old, RMA it.
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This isn't what you want to hear, but here it is anyway. If you can find the exact same drive, with the exact same firmware, the exact same circuit board revision, and was manufactured within a few days of yours and there isn't any other damage to your hard drive you have about 1 chance in 10,000 of it allowing you to recover your data. The most likely scenario is that you'll burn out the board off of the new drive leaving you with two dead drives and no data.
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post #4 of 10
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It's plain dead... =/ hehehe yeah Ill keep it in mind a hot swap lol, it's about 5 years old ;p no RMA =/

Thanks

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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
This isn't what you want to hear, but here it is anyway. If you can find the exact same drive, with the exact same firmware, the exact same circuit board revision, and was manufactured within a few days of yours and there isn't any other damage to your hard drive you have about 1 chance in 10,000 of it allowing you to recover your data. The most likely scenario is that you'll burn out the board off of the new drive leaving you with two dead drives and no data.
I was expecting for this answer already lol... but I think ill give a shot then... off to google/ebay I go... and let's hope for the best. It been a while since this happen, and my wife was the most upset about this, all our photos and videos, but now she got used to it already and by geting it back to work, would be just a nice surprise to her.
Edited by Moskito - 2/26/11 at 6:26pm
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post #5 of 10
Don't be cheap and get a new HDD.
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post #6 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GlockZoR IV View Post
Don't be cheap and get a new HDD.
it's not about being cheap, it's about recovering data now...
and it actually it could cost me more than a new HD.

By the way which revision, firmwire, model number, information, I should be looking for?

found this on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/Western-Digital-...item53e602ee5b

close enough?
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post #7 of 10
You would have to get that information off of your existing hard drive.
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I have 2 pictures on the first post, one from the front and another from the back, could you tell me what to look for on them?

I think, but I'm not sure.. it would be:

WD2500JS-00NCB1
06 NOV 2006
2060-701335-005 REV A

DCM?
White sticker?
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Possibly. The circuit board appears to have the same number, but I can't be sure and definitely won't be sticking my neck out recommending it, especially for that price.
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post #10 of 10
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Quote:
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Possibly. The circuit board appears to have the same number, but I can't be sure and definitely won't be sticking my neck out recommending it, especially for that price.
Thanks, Ill do some more research tomorrow, see if I can find it some place else. thanks for all the help.... Rep +
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