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Who can I send an hdd to for a repair??


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#1 jwmghf

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:56 PM

Hey guys:

Here's what happened. I plugged this drive into my computer and I plugged the 4-pin molex connection in backwards. I wouldn't have thought that it would go in that way, but apparently it was in enough to make the connections. It shorted out. I smelled the little gross odor of electric burn coming from it. When I connect it correctly, my system turns on for about a second and turns off. I have data on the drive I would love to save, but it's not anything critical. Is there anyone around that could possible replace a resistor or whatever it is that burned out?

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:53 AM

Hmmm, you need to consult hard drive Data Recovery experts, not just any computer technician.

Data recovery is generally pricey, depending on the complexity of the repairs carried out and the amount of data to be recovered.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 08 June 2011 - 01:55 AM.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 02:08 AM

Thanks for the response ReviverSoft.

I don't think it's the actual hdd. I think it's the pcb board on the back. I did actually find one on e-bay. I will commuicate with the gentlemen and see if it's the correct pcb. Any idea if the pcb is hard to change out? It doesn't look to bad. The drive just has a bunch of computer games on it for my kids. I'm not going for data recovery, but a $40 pcb board may be worth a shot.

Edited by jwmghf, 08 June 2011 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 06:28 AM

The PCBs are easy to swap out (don't lose the little contact strip on many models sandwiched between the PCB and the drive body). That being said there are a couple of things that cause problems. The PCB should be of the same hardware revision, and in a perfect world the firmware should be the same as the old board as well. Sometimes a drive gets picky.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:56 AM

Thanks m8. I will look into this further and post back.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:08 PM

If it is just games for the kids It may not be worth the effort.

You will have to reinstall them on a new drive anyway.
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:54 PM

If it is just games for the kids It may not be worth the effort.

You will have to reinstall them on a new drive anyway.


not the case here ,he/they are only going to change the control board on the back of the drive ,if the one on ebay is the same it should boot the old hdd and run the games just fine

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:21 PM

Hey guys:

The board is not an exact match and apparently it has to be. Also the games are not installed on the hard drive. They are in .rar format and are not for the computer at all.

So, I am waiting to here back from him to see if he has an exact match. Stay tuned...




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