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 Post subject: WD FBlite 500GB Hard Drive Firmware Issue
PostPosted: June 18th, 2018, 6:43 
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Hello,

WD5000BMVW-11AJGS3 stops spinning because of firmware issue.

Any pointers on how to solve it other than HOT SWAP as not having suitable donor.

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 Post subject: Re: WD FBlite 500GB Hard Drive Firmware Issue
PostPosted: June 18th, 2018, 7:05 
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Hotswap will not work on this case because of added adaptives in ROM modules.
If spindle stops then it could be symptom of some hardware damage.
You need to give more details like if there is knocking of heads, status registers displayed, if prior work was attempted etc...


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 Post subject: Re: WD FBlite 500GB Hard Drive Firmware Issue
PostPosted: July 2nd, 2018, 9:44 
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Murtazah wrote:
Hello,

WD5000BMVW-11AJGS3 stops spinning because of firmware issue.

Any pointers on how to solve it other than HOT SWAP as not having suitable donor.


hddguy wrote:
Hotswap will not work on this case because of added adaptives in ROM modules.

hotswap on this drive works properly if you know what to do

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 Post subject: Re: WD FBlite 500GB Hard Drive Firmware Issue
PostPosted: July 3rd, 2018, 2:04 
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I've never seen a WD which stops spinning without a hardware issue, PCB, heads or platters. Not to mention we currently can't average the head adaptives on FBlite drives. I'd try each individual head in ROM until the drive stays spinning or if you suspect the ROM might not be original try a few other roms from similar drives. Ultimately there could be a corrupted ROM which you can rebuilt once you get the drive to stay spinning and get access to the user area.

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 Post subject: Re: WD FBlite 500GB Hard Drive Firmware Issue
PostPosted: July 3rd, 2018, 13:58 
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Murtazah wrote:
Hello,

WD5000BMVW-11AJGS3 stops spinning because of firmware issue.

Any pointers on how to solve it other than HOT SWAP as not having suitable donor.


Does the drive spins at all now ? Or do you mean that the drive did stop spinning and doesn't spin anymore because you do wrote for example other ROM to the PCB ?

Can you ID the drive ? Are you using PC-3000 ?

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