external HDD circuit board short circuited

May 11, 2011 at 00:44:09
Specs: Windows 7
Hey. My external hdd (Western Digital 1TB) started to play up, turning off when it was bumped etc then it just never turned on at all. I originally thought it was broken inside the device where you plug the power cable in but I took it to a computer guy and he said it was a short circuit or something along those lines.
His suggestion was to open the hdd and buy a new board to replace the one that had shorted out.

Now, my issue is the content of my hdd. If I proceed with replacing the board will I loose my files? If so, what can I do? Where can I take it? (The man I took it to made it clear that I had to do it myself but I'm not really comfortable with that)


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#1
May 11, 2011 at 06:33:28
The files aren't on the board but where are you going to buy it? Did he have one to sell? Does it have to be soldered? Open the drive just to look.

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#2
May 12, 2011 at 17:56:51
He said I should look at all the serial numbers etc on the board and try and find one online that is the same year, model etc etc.

He didn't say it had to be soldered, he said it should be able to be screwed in? He wasn't extremely helpful.


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#3
May 12, 2011 at 19:03:52
It sounds like a long shot to me but don't let me stop you from trying it.

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#4
May 12, 2011 at 19:29:22
I can kind of sympathize with his not wanting to handle backing up your files himself (having inadvertently seen what some people keep on their systems). But unless the "board" you refer to is on the drive itself, it may just be a matter of removing the drive from the housing and installing in another. If so, make sure you find a case that handles the specific type drive in question (IDE vs. SATA)

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