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Hi all you technical sorts.

 

Today the control board of a hard drive blew and I need to get some important data off it. It's only about 6GB of data so does anyone know if I can do it or whether it needs to go to a specialist.

 

If the latter, does anyone know what it's likely to cost me :(

 

Cheers in advance

 

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If you're absolutely sure it's the controller board, and you're feeling brave, you could try some of the steps outlined HERE or HERE, or take it to a PC repair shop (who will almost certainly follow the same guidelines but charge you for the privilege).

 

You could also try the safer option of burning the latest Ubuntu to a CD, booting off it and seeing if you can see the hard drive from it (Linux is infinitely superior to Windows in its interaction with hard disks. I've saved many a file from a 'dead' drive simply by accessing it with Ubuntu).

 

Assuming it's not the controller but the drive itself, and Ubuntu can't see the data, a last ditch attempt could lie in freezing the drive. Sometimes, drives die because certain compoents - usually the drive arm that holds the reading head - gets jammed, so the disk can't read any data from the platter. The idea is that putting the hard drive in a sealed bag (to prevent moisture) and placing it in a freezer for at least 24 hours, shrinks the components sufficiently enough to free the drive arm and allow the hard disk to function again until the nature heat of the PC and activity causes it to jam again. I've only managed to get this to work once, with a 48hr freeze giving me a little under 20 minutes to grab the vital data, but this really is a last-ditch attempt that should only be tried with an otherwise totally dead drive.

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Thanks Tez,

 

It is definitely the PCB. I was trying to get the info from the hard drive as the PC it originally came from has died so I had the hard drive lying loose inside my PC case and when I switched the PC on the was a bright flash, lots of smoke and one of the chips on the PCB burning away quite merrily.

 

I will try the repair first. Shouldn't be too hard to get a control board for it

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gonna be tough finding a controller board for a hard drive with the exact same number of cylinders/heads/sectors... good luck, maybe try the 2 week trial of consumer sniper for ebay!

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you could put up the details of the drive , I have some odd ones kicking about in my workshop

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Straight pcb swaps arnt that hard, the tricky bit is finding identical hd, although there are lots on ebay, sometimes faulty ones you can pick up cheaply.

 

Professional hd recovery is very expensive, in the high hundreds !

 

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you could put up the details of the drive , I have some odd ones kicking about in my workshop

 

I'll give what details I can.

 

it's a Maxtor diamondmax 10, 300GB SATA150 (1.5GB transfer rate)

 

The numbers on the cirduit board are

 

MAEXEYAE R6GBA 07015LCJHM (whatever that means)

 

There is also this number printed on the board

 

301931102

 

Any help will be greatly appreciated:)

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unlucky my end not got one the same , but you might be lucky someone on here just may have one

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unlucky my end not got one the same , but you might be lucky someone on here just may have one

 

 

Thanks for looking anyway Kip :(

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no problem SF , was worth a try

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Got one here that I think is the same.

Diamondmax 10 model 6L300s0 300 gb sata150

 

I also have the stardrive for removal of logic board.

 

I'm in Essex and will be in North Devon next week. Let me know if I can be of help.

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Hi Jocko,

Thankyou for the pm and response.

This hard drive is a 6B300s but everything else matches. I will pm you my rough location just in case the board is the same.

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Just an update to this.

 

After reading up on various websites about what I should look for regarding the logic board. I bought a hard drive from ebay. The logic board had all the same codes as my original but when I swapped them over, the old drive started knocking so something is either wrong with the new board or something else wrong with the HDD. I did test out the new HDD and it is fine.

At least I now have another HDD which I will stick in my PC

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I'd say if the drive has the same number of sectors/heads/cylinders and made by the same people then it's not just the controller board that is fried :(

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I'd say if the drive has the same number of sectors/heads/cylinders and made by the same people then it's not just the controller board that is fried :(

 

 

I can't see anything about that on the drives.

I'm doing a search for data recovery specialists and what they are likely to charge.

The thing is, the data is not that urgent( to me anyway) All that I need to do is get some photo's and a few chapters of a booklet my ex was doing for her partner who died a couple of years ago. About 5GB of data and 90% of that is the pictures

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