a HDD spindle motor stopped help??

  SANAP 23:12 16 Oct 2013

I hooked up 32OGB hdd to a usb sata connector with power and it worked great for week but I left it powered up overnight, now it won't work. A local PC shop said spindle motor is not working. Its a seagate HD circa 2006 and worked perfect in PC but I ahd to remove it as it was full. A data recovery company wants 1395.00 euro plus 77 euro inspection fee. I will get a new HD but can't afford that amount.

Is there any workround I can try?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:34 17 Oct 2013

buy one of same make and model and see if you can swap motors

good luck

  bumpkin 14:19 17 Oct 2013

It depends on how important the data is and why was it not backed up. If it is valuable data then I would have a go at it with Fruit Bats suggestion but a tricky operation, you could possibly ask your local PC shop if they would be prepared to do it. With nothing more to lose I would open it up, connect it and see if the motor is working before accepting the diagnosis as final. You may even be able to fiddle with it and get it running for long enough to copy you data (if you are very lucky). If in fact the motor does appear to be working then come back here as some wiser members can give good advice on data recovery.

  bumpkin 15:56 17 Oct 2013

I would have thought that Seagate spindle motors are fairly much the same for around that time but what are the exact details of the drive as I may be able to help if it is just the motor and not the board.

  SANAP 19:25 17 Oct 2013

ok, I am getting hopeful. And thanks for replies. Its a seagate Barrucuda 7200.10 320gbytes. It was bought November 2006 and was a backup(SIC) in my dell PC. When I hooked up the usb gizmo I should have realised that this was a temporary fix but ...

There is a you tube video on changing the motor and I can see why its so expensive. The PC shop were to ring back and charge 100 euro to replace motor but not heard yet and its about 3 weeks. I had the drive in 2 partitions and its only as each day goes by I realise how much I had on it, downloads, documents etc.

any help would be great. how do i take it apart?

  rdave13 20:38 17 Oct 2013

SANAP , it's bad enough for me to take apart a laptop never mind a hard drive with mechanical parts. Do you know of a instrument technician or someone that knows someone that can help? An electronics engineer would be even better.

  SANAP 21:39 17 Oct 2013

no, the pc shop just says motor gone, need new motor blah blah. I am just desperate and hoping for a workround. But I will ask around for an electronics engineer, I am quite remote so not hopeful.


  rdave13 22:06 17 Oct 2013

SANAP ask your friends and see if they can suggest someone that may help. Someone working in a Power Station or similar. You never know. Worked for me once with a problem TV. Just a thought.

  bumpkin 22:14 17 Oct 2013

Sanap & rdave, changing the motor is fairly easy, even I can do that. Motors rarely fail it is normally the electronics. If you connect it can you hear it spin up, a whirring sound. If not then make sure it has power to it. Changing the motor should be a 15min job for a PC shop with the right tools. If you have another Seagate drive to take a motor from I will tell you how to do it step by step

  rdave13 22:20 17 Oct 2013

bumpkin , let me know :)

  jimforrest 23:40 17 Oct 2013

Hi Chaps - I'm an Indentured Instrument Engineer and used to work in Tilbury Power Station years ago! I have a 200gb Seagate drive from an old (2008?) Dell laptop (SATA) and a couple of older 3 1/2" desktop HDD's (not Seagate).

Surely it's more likely to be the circuitry that's failed rather than the motor - which has only one moving part. On the Seagate HDD you can see the 3 (tiny) bare copper feeds into the motor so if you know the voltage you could bypass the board and run the motor as a test. If the motor runs then it's the board (easily removed).

On the 3.5 desktop HDD's the motors are built into the stack so you'll have to split it open to get it out - exposing the stack. They are assembled in a Class 1 Cleanroom (absolutely NO dust present) as the gap between the heads and discs is a few Microns. Tricky if it's opened. The 3.5 HDD's are different models - one has a ribbon cable to the motor (easy to put power on) but the other is sunk into a groove in the casing but removing the circuit board gives access to the connections to test the motor.

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