Go Back   Tech Support Forum > Hardware Support > Hard Drive Support

User Tag List

Seagate Barracuda burnt circuit board

This is a discussion on Seagate Barracuda burnt circuit board within the Hard Drive Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. I too have discovered that my FreeAgent external hard drive circuit board has had a meltdown. It is exactly like

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-27-2017, 02:00 PM   #1
Registered Member
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 2

I too have discovered that my FreeAgent external hard drive circuit board has had a meltdown. It is exactly like the one Jake77 wrote about at


And his cure.

Mine I believe was caused by a broken off tab on the GoFlex Desk adapter power supply.
I had bought a USB to SATA adapter to try to get it to work, then I found this site and the cure.
My question is, can anyone here help me out with this ? I am no electronic engineer. Or at least some advise on where to take it to be repaired.

Thanks, Mitch
Mudbug42 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Old 12-27-2017, 06:49 PM   #2
TSF Team, Emeritus
spunk.funk's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 40,538
OS: Windows 10 64 bit

My System

Here is a good site to start with. https://www.hddzone.com/ Read the FAQ's and the PCB Swap guide.
You cannot just buy any PCB, it not only has to be the same model# but the same firmware too. For a little more money you can send it off and they will match your PCB board. I would only do this if the data is critical, as you can buy a brand new drive for less.
Please press the Like link to right of any post you found helpful.
spunk.funk is offline  
Old 12-28-2017, 02:28 AM   #3
Windows Tech Team
Hardware Tech Team
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: INDIA
Posts: 2,976
OS: Windows 10 | CentOS | Manjaro

As long as the circuit board is the only one that is fried, replacing would help. If you're not comfortable around electronics, then this may not be the best option.

And as Spunk mentioned, the challenge is getting the exact firmware rev for your drive, there are ways to workaround this as well, but that involves building a separate cable and connect the HDD and run AT Commands, which is tough even for some techie folks.

If you want a working drive, fixing this one is way too expensive and involves trial and error and is simply not worth the effort unless you DIY. If the data is absolutely critical, check with the vendor of the drive if they can help you there since they might have a PCB with the exact firmware rev.
tristar is offline  
Sponsored Links
Old 12-28-2017, 11:05 AM   #4
TSF Enthusiast
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 831
OS: Win98SE

@Mudbug42, can you upload a detailed photo of the component side of your PCB?

If you wish to replace the PCB, be aware that this will never work. Seagate's PCBs contain unique, drive specific, "adaptive" data in the serial flash memory IC. These adaptives need to be transferred from patient to donor. The following supplier provides a free firmware transfer service:

fzabkar is offline  
Old 12-28-2017, 03:36 PM   #5
Registered Member
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 2

Thank you all very much for your answers and insights. I am looking into getting a donor with my firm ware copied ti it. 50 bucks seems a cheap enough ransom for all my treasures on this drive.

I will report of my hopefully success.

Mudbug42 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can't allocate hard drive Seagate barracuda
So I have a Seagate barracuda pro, 6 TB. However all my disk is showing available is 2tb. I've tried to allocate it with diskmanager but it has no actual option to allocate it. I've tried changing my hard drive settings from MBR to gpt, no avail and not even Seagate knows how to fix it, saying I...
Dmasterman Hard Drive Support 1 07-29-2017 02:34 AM
seagate barracuda 7200.10 250gb not detected
i have a seagate barracuda 7200.10 250gb firmware 3.aha a while ago it stopped being recognized by the pc in both windows and the bios. the hard drive still spins up and sounds normal but is not detected. is it possible to recover the files from this drive? ive read a bit that it is possible to...
sirtokesalot Hard Drive Support 8 05-03-2015 01:40 PM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Problem
I have a Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD taken from a Maxtor external casing, every time I power it up, the drive spins up, clicks and then spins down and continuously repeats this loop. Please see the following Youtube video I found of someone who had the exact same problem. The only difference is I...
Joka999 Hard Drive Support 2 08-08-2014 10:10 PM
[SOLVED] Seagate Barracuda burnt circuit board - DIY Fix?
Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 1TB S/N: 9VP5TPQD ST31000528AS P/N: 9SL154-515 Firmware: CC44 DateCode: 10381 Site Code: TK This is a friends external Seagate drive that stopped working. I've removed the drive from it's enclosure and removed the circuit board. On inspection the circuit has been...
Jake77 Hard Drive Support 11 07-29-2011 08:40 AM
dead seagate barracuda 7200.7 200gb
I have a seagate Drive barracuda 7200.7 sata 200gb which has gone dead, does not spin up, when i tried it in another macjine the machine shut down after around 3 seconds, was working all ok I had vista 64 os and yesterday it did not boot, can I change the pcb or any ideas many thanks in advance...
jonmadrid Hard Drive Support 1 01-04-2011 04:38 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is on
Smilies are on
[IMG] code is on
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Post a Question

» Site Navigation
 > FAQ
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2001 - 2018, Tech Support Forum

Windows 10 - Windows 7 - Windows XP - Windows Vista - Trojan Removal - Spyware Removal - Virus Removal - Networking - Security - Top Web Hosts