failed hard drive

  didums 13:08 09 Aug 2005

I have a Seagate 80 gb hdd which has failed completely.It is out of warranty but my question is, would it be possible to retrieve the data on it.I can actually see a blown chip on the hdd main board it is a multichip surface mount device.
I have now installed antisurge protection and I realise that to replace the chip would unviable,would it however be possible to purchase a replacement mb and reinstate the hdd that way.
The hdd is a Barracuda model ST380021A,if I am on mission impossible please say so.

  alan227 13:42 09 Aug 2005

It is possible that a power surge could have detroyed the chip on your motherboard, but if it was the hard drive that caused it, it could cause the same problems on a new motherboard.
Your best bet is to buy a cheap second hand board and test it out that way.

  DieSse 14:47 09 Aug 2005

alan227 - it's not the motherboard - it's the board on the drive!

You might be able to do as you suggest - however the chances of finding precisely the same one are slim - and it's not impossible that the drive is also damaged internally - burnt out motor or heads, etc.

If you can find one and t works - you done a very low cost data recovery feat - it it doesn't work you've not spent too much. If you have the data professionally recoverd, it'll be an arm and a leg - so the choice is yours - it depends on the value of your data.

It may well be worth emailing Segate support for a board.

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