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Old 11-02-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default dead drive - replacing controller board on 2.5" SATA HDD to recover data

I'm trying to help out a friend. 2.5" SATA HDD went bad and when I install it in a system it is not recognized in the BIOS or in Windows. The drive spins up as normal and there are no sounds that are out of the ordinary. My guess is that the controller board failed. Has anyone here ever tried replacing a controller board on a 2.5" SATA HDD? My plan is to buy the exact same model drive and attempt to swap controller boards. Just wondering how feasible this is. Due to the importance of the data, this is worthwhile even if the chances of sucess are small. I'm also curious if there will be any soldering involved.

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Old 11-02-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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I can't comment on how difficult it is but I have heard that many people have successfully done this before so it's definitely worth looking into. I'm sure there are some videos on the web on how to do it.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply! I will do some searching on youtube and such. I'm convinced this is the best option, just a little worried about having my friend spend money on a new drive when i don't have any experience with this myself.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:36 PM   #4
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It is more than just the exact same model, it is the exact same controller board, and the exact same firmware.

You may get lucky... but usually, they tweak those things, so you end up buying the exact same model, but it has different firmware or the controller board is slightly different.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #5
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That's a good point. There is a lot of info printed on the drive including firmware rev so hopefully I can find a really close match.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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Before you do that have you tried placing the drive in an external dock to see if it becomes readable? This has worked for me on several occasions.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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Before you do that have you tried placing the drive in an external dock to see if it becomes readable? This has worked for me on several occasions.
that's a good idea. I have tried this, but I think trying an additional dock wouldn't hurt.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:36 PM   #8
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If it's not recognized by the BIOS I wouldn't bother going any further.

Bummer.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #9
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I had the same problem with a drive that kept dropping out of bios on the internal controllers. When I took that drive and put it in an external dock with it's own power the drive became readable and allowed me to copy the data to another drive before rmaing it.
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