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Replacing the electrics ?

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I have two sata hardrives, both exactly the same type and model, on 1 the electrics are ok, but the disc itself gives the knocking sound, so platters are gone, on the other sata, the platters are totally ok, but electrics dead - how easy is it to place the good electrics from one hd to the other please ?

Any help much appreciated.

Chris.

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It's easy to unscrew the boards to switch them. You just need a small screwdriver or Torx, depending.

Thanks Brian, is that an easy job, even for a complete newbie to all this ? Are there any diagrams and easy instructions on the net anywhere please ?

Chris

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Physically swapping the boards is relatively straightforward. The appropriate Torx driver will let you remove the screws, usually a T7 or T8 for 3.5" and T6 for 2.5" drives.

The bigger question is whether the swapped drive will work afterwards. For some models/makes, it will spin up. For others, the specific firmware on the board has to match what is on the drive or it won't spin up, let alone come ready or function properly.

Matching make/model/vintage is your best bet.

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Oh, and a belated welcome to the forums Chris.

Yes, it's easy, if you take a look at any of our reviews, you can see all the pieces in our disassembly section. Here's the latest one -

http://www.storagereview.com/western_digital_caviar_green_3tb_review_wd30ezrsdtl

There's really nothing to it, just get the right Torx driver and you're good to go. Let us know how it works out, sounds like a good Sunday project.

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Oh, and a belated welcome to the forums Chris.

Yes, it's easy, if you take a look at any of our reviews, you can see all the pieces in our disassembly section. Here's the latest one -

http://www.storagereview.com/western_digital_caviar_green_3tb_review_wd30ezrsdtl

There's really nothing to it, just get the right Torx driver and you're good to go. Let us know how it works out, sounds like a good Sunday project.

Thanks to you both for the info,and for the welcome Brian. Am I right in saying, that you just remove the 4 screws, an example below ? The board just comes away, then just replace that board with another ?

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Be sure to let us know if it works.

ok, got my torx t8 ready, and waiting for the donor drive to arrive in the post. They're both WD740's - I asumme they'll swap over ok ?

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Sadly that happens. Could be there's some other problem or there's just enough difference in the two drive runs that the new board won't work. Too bad :(

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unfortunately, I think you're done.

You had issues with two drives, are you trying to recover the data or were you just trying to get them operational again?

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unfortunately, I think you're done.

You had issues with two drives, are you trying to recover the data or were you just trying to get them operational again?

I had disk A, and the electrics went on it and took it into a computer specialist and tried plugging it directly into the mobo, but nothing. I 'think' it was caused by plugging the both types of power cables in at the same time.

I ordered disk B from ebay, just got it today, (got my little torx tool as well!), then changed over that top plate, the one that was held down with 6 screws. But disk a still didn't work ;-(

Both WD740 Raptor's

One thing though, someone here mentioned about a connector ? I didn't see one ?

Any help really appreciated.

Chris

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If you plugged in both power connectors at the same time, the board probably fried.

Some drives use a latching connector to go between the motor and board. That particular model wouldn't have had one.

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If you plugged in both power connectors at the same time, the board probably fried.

Some drives use a latching connector to go between the motor and board. That particular model wouldn't have had one.

Many thanks. Well, I did try another good board on it, so maybe it's now time to give up ?

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Sorry, but I think it is...

ok, anyone know where I can get every track that's made the UK top 20's from 1960 to todays date, all in 320 bitrate, for £100 ?

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