hard disk PCB short circuited?

Maxtor Diamondmax 10 hard drive - 120gb...
July 10, 2010 at 04:38:50
Specs: Windows Vista
Recently my external (USB) disk ( an Maxtor DiamondMax 10, 120 GB, so an PATA133/IDE-disk itself) disappeared from Vista. My first thought was that it would be the power of the casing as the light on the transformer wasn't working anymore.

So I thought I would connect the disk straight into my computer. The weird thing was that as soon as I connected it to the internal IDE-controller (as a third HD, as a slave), my computer wouldn't boot anymore, not even to the BIOS! As soon as I removed the HD and plugged and unplugged the powersupply to the computer, the computer worked again without any problem.

So I tried another external USB casing (new!), that didn't work either with the Maxtor disk.

So it seems there is a short circuit in the Maxtor HD (print board?) which makes it impossible to access.

Anyone has any idea whether (and how) I can get HD working again and/or salvage my data on it?

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July 10, 2010 at 05:10:59
You could change the circuit board on the drive.

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July 10, 2010 at 05:45:24
and how would i do that? Where can I get a new circuit board?

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July 10, 2010 at 06:31:14
Look on the maxtor site. Google how to change one.

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July 10, 2010 at 15:14:35
Thanks.. found a place to buy the PCB and it seems pretty easy to replace. Any thoughts on the chances the disk will be accessible afterwards?

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July 10, 2010 at 19:03:56
If it actually was the PCB and its failure didn't damage anything else then I'd say there's a good chance you'll be able to access the drive's contents.

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