"you will need to match
this is definitely the easy part. all i have to do is write it down and verify it as i go through my hard drives, looking for a match.
"country of origin and the date will need to be close"
product of china - 5
site code: WU
date code: 03347
would this data on the hard drive meet this requirement?
there is also some writing that refers to
there's writing there, hand written, but it's not clear it could say "YKz" or "Y13z" for machine no. for type, its even harder to read "7zzipt" but not sure, just guessing. it could be many different characters choices. if the handwriting itself, though unreadable is recognizably the same, that may indicate the circuit boards are from the same place because it's the same person.
there's also a sticker at the bottom that says S/N 138125-S046098 HDD Master: 312013
also, there's even more numbers at the bottom by theirselves 9Y3001-001
what about the actual numbers on the chips themselves? could they reveal any info that could confirm their compatibility?
i must say, that this detective work could be alot harder than it is. i could imagine not having any clues whatsoever to work with. i think seagate is a great company.
thanks raptor_pa. even if this fails, it's quite interesting nonetheless.