Exchange disc inside non-working non-spinning WD Hard drive

September 22, 2012 at 05:42:53
Specs: Macintosh
hard drive not spinning at all when i plug it in , not light anything , wondering if i can exchange the disk inside with a housing thats working >

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September 22, 2012 at 06:05:24
If you open the HDD case, the drive will be ruined. You'll have to replace the entire drive. However, it's possible the drive isn't the problem. You haven't provided any system specs or enough details about what's happening.

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September 22, 2012 at 06:17:18
No. exchanging a disk inside a hard drive housing is something that has to be done in a "clean room". The slightest speck of dust with render the disk useless and then the disk needs to be mounted extremely accurately or it will vibrate itself into oblivion if it is out of balance by even the tiniest amount. That is why data recovery from dead hard disks cost so much.

First thing you need to do is determine why the disk is not spinning. Is it an electronic fault or is it the disk spindle that is worn out. If the former you may be able to replace the electronics without opening the housing but you need an interface card that is identical to the one you have right down to the version number. If the latter you are pretty much screwed with having to pay a lot of money for data recovery.

First think I would do is download the drive diagnostics from the manufactures web site and run it. It should determine exactly what is wrong with the drive and take it from there.


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September 22, 2012 at 06:21:34
first i thought the case for the drive was bad , i changed the case and it was acting very slow and i knew that something is wrong , i tried to clone it right away not to lose my data , and it got worse , not its not responding , cant feel it or hear it so im thinking it might be gone.. tons of valuable info on there ..that's why i asked if anyone has done that before...thanks for helping all

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September 22, 2012 at 08:47:08
Sounds like the dasbeat is referring to an EXTERNAL hard drive.

Does the hard drive show up in Windows Disk Management?

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September 22, 2012 at 09:16:29
Might be possible to swap the controller board.

I have taken disks apart but it takes some skill. It can survive a bit of dust if all you want it one shot at getting data off.

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September 22, 2012 at 15:30:33
To clone/copy a failing drive there's some evidence that giving it a good chill by putting it in a freezer for awhile before doing the transfer will help. Be sure it's wrapped tight while in the freezer so no condensation seeps in.

What worked for me once with a really old MFM drive was to push down on the top of the drive while it was copying.

But if it doesn't seem to be spinning up, or is spinning sporadically, make sure the power connection is good. Sometimes the metal terminals get flared out and don't make good contact.

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September 22, 2012 at 16:18:57
Since this is apparently an external hard drive: I have found that removing it from its case and installing it as an internal hard drive (secondary) in a desktop computer (plugged in, leaning on the outside of the case, side open), has the best chance of recovering what is on it.... If it works at all, that is.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 24, 2012 at 09:11:33
I agree that trying all the less destructive ideas would be a start.

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