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The only reason for a platter transfer would be a seized spindle motor. There is no need to touch the drive's internals when the problem is a faulty PCB. Please don't open the drive. You ignored my advice before, but please don't ignore me now.
 

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The only reason for a platter transfer would be a seized spindle motor. There is no need to touch the drive's internals when the problem is a faulty PCB. Please don't open the drive. You ignored my advice before, but please don't ignore me now.
I have never ignored your advice. I just may have misunderstood you or was not confident enough to perform what you were asking me to do. You say don't let the probes touch anything and never answered what happen if I did. Would I fry something?

I thought everyone has been saying that if the BIOS is fried there is no way to get your data off the drive. Is this not true? What are you saying?

Are you saying that if I get this PCB Board back with a fried ROM Chip you can get my data back? How?
 

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The only reason for a platter transfer would be a seized spindle motor. There is no need to touch the drive's internals when the problem is a faulty PCB. Please don't open the drive. You ignored my advice before, but please don't ignore me now.
Another Update:

Okay I got my ROM back. Well, I got my ROM back that is a New ROM. They said that my original ROM was too damaged, but they were successful at transferring the ROM information from my Original ROM to this NEW ROM. They checked twice that it was transferred over successful.

Well of course it did not work. The drive is seen in windows but barely. It is doing the same thing before like the original problem. Completely and 100% silent. (I think all windows recognizes is the bridge that it is connected to).

This is the weirdest part. I ordered some more PCB Donor Boards and if I put any of those on this hard drive the drive comes to life. It boots up twice or tries to read the drive twice and gives up.

What dose all this mean? Did some how the original ROM get corrupted and is permanently damaged?

Long Shot

They suggest the file system could be corrupted and that this is almost 100% fixable. Connect PC Max 3000 and either get lucky and extract the data by bypassing the software lock because the drive is in defensive mode or rip the data off raw but will take a while (same as bypassing the locked codes).

Recap:

1-Original PCB Board with Original BIOS in perfect shape (something happened):

-Drive would not boot up, completely silent, not moving or humming at all. OFF.

2-New PCB Donor Board with random bios that is already on the board (Testing):

-Drive boots up and tries to read but gives up and fails.

3-New PCB Donor Board with Original BIOS (I installed it myself, botched it up)

-Drive would not boot up, completely silent, not moving or humming at all. OFF.

4-New PCB Donor Board with New Rom (Installed by professional, bios information transferred over)

-Drive would not boot up, completely silent, not moving or humming at all. OFF.



What does all this mean? Something is corrupted with the original bios? How does the drive power up and try to read with a random donor board with whatever BIOS that came with it; but when it is connected with the original bios its dead as a door nail?

I will be getting back my original pcb board and original bios/rom. I’m sure the ROM is in ruff shape but the information has been transferred over to a new ROM. So that is good at least.

What are my options at this point? Is my data lost forever?
 

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Update:

I got my original pcb board back and my original rom. They did put my original rom on another pcb donor board and the drive does not boot up at all. I do not even think it is allowing power to turn on the drive.

I put my best donor board with a random rom back on the hard drive and get this. The drive stays on and sounds great. However, I’m afraid to initialize because I know it will erase my data however, even if I do, I will get an i/o error and it wont do it.



They emailed me back and said they do not have my ROM Dump on file. I guess they do not want to work with me on that.



Please on please let me know what device exactly I can buy to get this ROM dump!!! I will post asap when I download it.



wow. I did not even know PC3000 or MRT Lab could not even fix the problem. What about going around the problem? Can either of these programs help rip the data off the drive RAW?

“Encouraging Sum” I completely and totally understand and respect this. What are we talking here?

I would love to have a healthy ROM Chip on a beautiful new PCB Donor Board.



“Some drives have a feature called Power Up In Standby (PUIS). If this is enabled, then the drive won't spin up until a certain command is issued. PUIS can be disabled with free tools such as HDAT2.”

How do I get this tool and software? Please help me troubleshoot this. I can buy tools and have them shipped to me.



“One other feature that may prevent your drive from spinning up inside a PC is SATA power pin #3. This has now been redefined as the Power Disable pin. However this does not appear to be present in your model.”

Do I need some software or hardware to disable this?
 

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Granted please note they said that the original rom was too damaged to transfer. They did this as a courtesy. I have another pcb donor board that has supposedly a new rom with my original bios information transferred over to it. However, you can see here the "condition” of the original rom. I am hoping all the information can still be transferred from this rom. Its not beat up too bad right?

Both pcb donor boards; the one with the original rom and the new transferred over with the information rom do not power up the drive at all. Zero, zilch, nada.

I can post photos of the new rom and new board if needed as well however, it looks good I believe. If the information was transferred over properly.
 

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Also, when I have the donor board and a random bios on the hard drive and I plug it in directly to the motherboard and boot into Ultimate Boot CD. I think it can see the disk everything says: zero, zero, zero, i.e. clusters, size, etc. Not sure if I can enabled or disable PUIS when the drive is in this state. I mean None of the programs can read the drive or do a scan.

If I plug in a new board with original bios information the drive is dead and doesn't even spin up or turn on.

How is this happening, can a corrupt rom leave the drive completely dead and powerless and not even turn on?
 
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