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 Post subject: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 10:05 
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I have a broken HDD - click of death. According to google searches, there are many possible causes. As a catch all solution, I'd like to buy the same HDD, and move the platters there.

I attached a pic of an HDD label.

Which portions of the label should match to ensure compatibility?

I was able to find HDDs with matching 2nd barcode, P/N, FW, and Site Code. All other codes are way or slightly off.

Is that good enough?


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 10:47 
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Moving platters over is the wrong step to take. That should only ever be done if the motor bearing is seized so badly it can't spin.

Since you clearly have no idea what you're attempting to do, I'm not giving any further advice. Doing so would only be helping you to make your situation much worse.

If your data is important, or especially if it's not really your data, please seek professional recovery. Your DIY efforts will only make recovery harder and much more expensive in the end. Or, worse yet, you'll make recovery impossible.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 10:49 
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aurir_ wrote:
I have a broken HDD - click of death. According to google searches, there are many possible causes. As a catch all solution, I'd like to buy the same HDD, and move the platters there.

I attached a pic of an HDD label.

Which portions of the label should match to ensure compatibility?

I was able to find HDDs with matching 2nd barcode, P/N, FW, and Site Code. All other codes are way or slightly off.

Is that good enough?


Why, why, why!!!! You are so wrong on so many ways, take your driver to DR company, if you do what you plan you will lose your data. :rip:


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 13:07 
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aurir_ wrote:
I have a broken HDD - click of death. According to google searches, there are many possible causes. As a catch all solution, I'd like to buy the same HDD, and move the platters there.

I attached a pic of an HDD label.

Which portions of the label should match to ensure compatibility?

I was able to find HDDs with matching 2nd barcode, P/N, FW, and Site Code. All other codes are way or slightly off.

Is that good enough?



This is wrong on so many levels, totally the wrong approach.

Thanks to idiots posting BS like this on YouTube and other assorted sites, data is no doubt being lost every day :-(

Thank goodness you had the sense to check here first, before destroying your data for good!!

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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 18:13 
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Thank you for all the replies so far.
Lets assume the data on the HDD isn't worth the costs of a professional DR, and it's more of a DIY project.

What would the steps be?
Would PCB board replacement be first? If so, can I get it from another used drive with the same model?

At which point would I open up the drive and move pieces from the working one to the broken one?


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 18:27 
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First you would need a couple of drives of the same model, to practice working inside them, and changing the heads.

Then you take a working drive, remove its head, and put it again. Test if the hdd still works.

After all of this , you could take some risks with a drive you want the data from, but you will have probably spent more money than a professional recovery would cost.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 19:12 
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aurir_ wrote:
Lets assume the data on the HDD isn't worth the costs of a professional DR, and it's more of a DIY project.

Believe me, you're gonna waste your time and probably money too for nothing
you gonna end up the same stage you're in now, in the best case scenario, probably worse
take the advice given above: send it to a "DATA RECOVERY Pro" if data is needed, bin it if not

but if you insist
aurir_ wrote:
What would the steps be?

needs to be a proper examination first, a PC3K or similar would be a good start
and "just maybe" a hardware imager will be enough

aurir_ wrote:
Would PCB board replacement be first?

99.9% A complete waste of money
aurir_ wrote:
At which point would I open up the drive and move pieces from the working one to the broken one?

after you're skilled enough doing it
which means, you've to have tools and a lot of practice, before even attempt the first successful inside parts replacement, on an actual real case.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 17th, 2017, 19:46 
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We all learn from our mistakes. Why don't you let him get his lesson?


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 18th, 2017, 2:08 
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I have a broken HDD - click of death. According to google searches, there are many possible causes. As a catch all solution, I'd like to buy the same HDD, and move the platters there.




this model Drive chances are scratches on platters & Heads park on Platters its not DIY case....

Good Luck you need tool for Removing Heads manually you will make it much worse .............

Once you done your experiment you post here please it will be example for all DIY.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 18th, 2017, 16:30 
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Most likely there is media damage which will ruin any replacement heads you install -- even if you do it perfectly.

Note the attached.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 4:41 
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You are going to lose your data 100% and make recovery impossible to everyone.

This model has heads parking on platters, so you need special tools to remove them. Without these tools, you will destroy heads 100% and maybe make scratches on platters.

To move platters you need special tools, you can't lose platters alignment. You will destroy your data.

Then, don't think that you can do a head swap or platters swap then connect HDD to windows and copy data... You need again special tools to read hdd after these operations!!!

If you want to say goodbye to your data, go ahead and try.

If not, search for a DR Pro.

Simone


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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 6:49 
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jono-ats wrote:
Most likely there is media damage which will ruin any replacement heads you install -- even if you do it perfectly.

Note the attached.


Nice write-up in that PDF. I've been thinking of putting together a document similar to this to give to customers when their drives have media damage.

Also, I just learned that your name is Jonathan.. I assume that's what Jono is short for? I alwasy had assumed that Jono was some sort of German name.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving plates to another HDD
PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 9:19 
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Thanks. You are welcome to use it. If you like, I can send it to you as a Word doc so you can put your own company info on it.

Yes, Jono is a nickname. Was born in a Catholic hospital. My mother asked the attending nun for a nickname. And there you have it.

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