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Old 04-02-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Im fixing a friends PC and the Hard Drive is not spinning up..... (and the computer is basically saying it hasnt got a hard drive!!!

Tryed it on another PC and same thing..... so it is definatly the Hard Drive..

There are some very important files on the disk....

........my question is , can i swap the actual disk(or platter) with a working hard drive.....

....is this possible or is ther another way of recovering th data?

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Old 04-02-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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Ca it be done? yep, are yo going to do it succwessfully the first time... not likely unless yo have head combs, platter removal tools and a clean room. Let's start with some basic info, what is the make and model of the drive? There are a couple of easier fixes. First hing is to look at the PCB, near the power connector you will see a couple of diodes, Look at these for obvious physical damage. If nothing obvious there, the check them with a DMM, they should read open on direction short the other. If they read open/open or short/short let us know.
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its a maxtor 80gb ide for a PC...

.....sorry i didnt understand what you meant about testing the diodes?

did you mean testing them with a multi-meter?

cheers..

...also ive had a look on ebay....and i can get working second hand hard drive..... exactly the same ..... for 15

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Don't assume you found a match yet. Need the model number to determine what needs matched to be sure, if it is YAR drive, the match is pretty easy, if it is another model then you need to match more than just the model number and capacity. Model numbers just aren't enough, firmware has to match, country of origin has to match, and there is a comma separated code that has to match. It's not quite like a car where all the same model built in the same year are interchangeable parts.
Yeah if the diodes do not show physical damage, then check them with a Multi Meter. The Diodes are there as transient voltage supressors to protect from over-voltage
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:40 AM   #5
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yea there are loads on ebay exactly the same..... its a fairly common hard drive

maxtor - diamond plus - 80gb - ata/133.........average around 15ish

im goin to buy one and swap the contoller board......at least it will eliminate that as the problem........
.............just found out that the guy whose computer it belongs to said that it happened in a lightning storm.
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Again it might not be exactly the same, the model number may not be enough, and most ebay sellers don't list the details you need. What is the model number and I'll be able to tell you what you need to match to get an acceptable donor for that disk. The drives may be common, and the YAR's are pretty decent for PCB compatibility, but still better to be sure. You can't eliminate the board as a possible cause if the board is not a good match. Example is Hitachi drives, have to match the model, P/N, country of origin, date of manufacture has to be close, the first two lines of the sticker on the PCB must be an exact match, and the firmware rev has to be an exact match. Also need to match the MLC number.
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