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Ezkaton

Replacing board on dead drive?

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Howdy.

 

I tried looking for a similar thread, but all that black and green was getting to me after 4-5 pages.

 

Anyway, today I got home to find my 3TB WD drive (WD30EZRX) was missing from My Computer, Disk Management... and finally, BIOS.

After doing some research I noticed a lot of people complaining about this particular drive, and some also said cutting the power and whatnot can kill the board on the drive.

 

Recently, this game 'Insurgency' has been freezing my PC right after clicking 'Play Now', and as such I am forced to reset.

I don't know if this has caused my drive to go bye bye or not, but it's likely, as that's the only thing that's happened to my PC that resembles what others have been saying.

It's likely this happened last night and I just didn't notice until now.

 

So um, I have heard that buying an identical model drive and swapping over the circuit boards on them can salvage the drive (if it's just the board that's dead).

 

Does anyone here have any info or personal experiences with this procedure?

This drive contains around 100gb of music, all my torrents (I'll likely get banned for H&R now...), and a lot of personal, and irreplaceable files from various PC upgrades and formats over the last 8 or so years.

 

Aaaand as such, I do not want to/cannot lose this stuff!

 

This drive is less than 6 months old, so I can get an RMA/warranty replacement... but then I lose all my data in the process.

 

Any help appreciated!

My local MSY still have these drives in stock, so I can easily obtain another if need be.

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From what I have read the board has to be exactly the same right down to the final component and firmware version. Even then it may not work. If the data is that critical perhaps consider sending it off to a specialist data recovery firm who will do it properly.

Yes it can be expensive but the risk of total data loss is a lot lower.

I have used these guys twice for customers with dead drives

http://www.recoverdata.com.au/datarecovery...ecoveryfees.htm

and for a borked logic board you would be looking at between $990.00 and $1650.00 plus the cost of a drive to put the recovered data on to.

 

However are you sure it is not a SATA lead or SATA port that is causing the issue? Tried the drive in a USB dock to see if it shows up there?

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I've tested another cable and port, that didn't work... I don't know what a USB dock is.

 

I don't think I'm willing to spend 1k+ on data retrieval... that price is just absurd.

 

I have a lot of personal stuff on there and don't really want some data retrieval dude going through it all...

If I was to give up on it, and RMA the drive, will the drive be destroyed, or what?

 

Lots of stuff that I don't want in the wrong hands. :/

 

I also noticed, now that the drive no longer appears anywhere, in my disk management and device manager under disk drives I have this USB mass storage thing listed.

I don't have a USB mass storage device connected... is it possible the board is no longer functioning correctly and the PC thinks it's something it's not?

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i sold my 30g ibm deathstar to somebody who damaged the pcb on there hdd years ago and they successfully swapped it

funnily enough when i pulled it out of my system to post it one of the molex pins ripped out of the hdd

so i then had to give them the option of a refund or i attempt to get it re soldered

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I might just get a new drive to get back up and running (not a WD Green this time...), and just look at my options for data retrieval later down the track.

 

I don't trust anyone enough to play with my drive.

Too much personal stuff and people are dicks.

 

I've seen so many posts from people who work with computers that share things they come across on client drives.

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I might just get a new drive to get back up and running (not a WD Green this time...), and just look at my options for data retrieval later down the track.

 

I don't trust anyone enough to play with my drive.

Too much personal stuff and people are dicks.

 

I've seen so many posts from people who work with computers that share things they come across on client drives.

Recovery people generally don't give a damn what is on your drive, they haven't got time to look at individual files and the like. Once the drive is readable they just run data recovery software on it to pull the files off, generally starting with the user profile folders and working out to the program file and windows folders, if needed.

 

Most of those posts you see will be from people making shit up, or they read it elsewhere (from someone else who makes shit up) and take ownership of it.

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At any rate, I can't afford 1k+ for data retrieval right now anyway.

I was gonna try buying the same drive and swapping the boards just to see if it works... But I really don't want another WD Green right now so I bought a Seagate 7200rpm 3TB drive, and I'll sort out my other one when I've got a bit more money to play with.

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At any rate, I can't afford 1k+ for data retrieval right now anyway.

Oh I can well understand that. The two recoveries I had done where for small businesses that didn't do backups of their data. Recovery was basically the only option, and despite my best efforts they are both still erratic with them. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

 

I was gonna try buying the same drive and swapping the boards just to see if it works... But I really don't want another WD Green right now so I bought a Seagate 7200rpm 3TB drive, and I'll sort out my other one when I've got a bit more money to play with.

Probably the best option, but don't leave it too long in case the WD Greens change their logic board chipsets.

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At any rate, I can't afford 1k+ for data retrieval right now anyway.

Oh I can well understand that. The two recoveries I had done where for small businesses that didn't do backups of their data. Recovery was basically the only option, and despite my best efforts they are both still erratic with them. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

 

I was gonna try buying the same drive and swapping the boards just to see if it works... But I really don't want another WD Green right now so I bought a Seagate 7200rpm 3TB drive, and I'll sort out my other one when I've got a bit more money to play with.

Probably the best option, but don't leave it too long in case the WD Greens change their logic board chipsets.

 

try to buy exact drive again replace board would be cheapest fix. no idea of sucess rate. sounds like you need encrypted backups going forward

 

never store anything you dont want nsa to read lol

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Yeah I might get the same model drive on the 15th, depending on funds.

 

MSY still sell them, as do PC Case Gear... Western Digital 3TB - WD30EZRX.

So I should still be okay.

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sounds like you need encrypted backups going forward

Then not be able to access anything when the encryption stuffs up or a drive drive has a problem.

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