IBM Deskstar DTLA-307030 - what control board to use?

I have an IBM Deskstar 30.7 GB DTLA-307030. The disk is dead and I am 99% sure it is the circuit/control board on the disk. I think it is possible to buy another disk and swap boards to get this disk back up and running and retrieve the data.

However, I have been told that updates are made to the control board during the manufacturing life of a hard disk and that a board from another DTLA-307030 may not work. I have been told I need an identical circuit baord to the one from my HDD, which is obviously going to be more difficult to find.

Does anyone know if this is in fact correct, or will a controller from any DTLA-307030 be able to retrieve my data.

HDD Details:
Model: DTLA-307030
P/N: 07N3929
LBA: 60.036.480 Sectors
RPM: 7200
MLC: F80033
CHS: 16383/16/63

Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
you might want to try CrazyOnes list first http:Q_20778366.html
If that fails, you should contact IBM and ask them for a replacement board and see if that's cheaper than the Data Recovery Companies on the end of CrazyOnes list.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
btw, contacting IBM => Toll Free: 1-800-IBM-4YOU (1-800-426-4968)
see also post
These drives are notorius enough to be rechristened 'deathstar'
This technique does sometimes work... we had a batch of Quantums with a phillips controller that was prone to exploding and were able to swap PC boards without a problem.
Ebay's your best bet, has some for $145
Determine the Perfect Price for Your IT Services

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden with our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Download your free eBook now!

jiggy3Author Commented:
Thanks Guys for the help.

The data is not critical, so I ain't gonna pay big bucks for recovery, and I am in the UK, so ringing IBM in the US is out. However, I would like to retrieve the data so buying another and swapping boards for around £30 off ebay is most definately an option.

chicagoan, when you swapped the control boards, the disks did work again, but were you also able to retrieve the original data? It's the data I want - the deathstar can go to HDD Hell once I get it back!!

Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
If your drive gets recognized, you should take a look at the link I posted above. If it doesn't you can replace the board and you'll have access to all of your data again. Just make sure you use the right board.

jiggy3Author Commented:
Hi Lucf,

Drive doesn't get recognised at all. I think my power supply fried my mobo and the electronics on my HDD and CD-Rewriter. I'm 99% sure the data is still there on the platters and the board is toast - completely dead. Now up and running again with a new mobo and HDD.

"Just make sure you use the right board. "

That's why I'm asking the question - I'm scared of screwing my data by trying the wrong board. I can get another DTLA-307030
with the same specs as mine from ebay (eventually after some patient waiting), but I want to be as sure as I can be it's the right board before trying it.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You're welcome
Yes, I've done this with Quantums and Maxtors.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
jiggy3Author Commented:
Thanks guys,

I will hopefully get another deskstar from ebay in the next week or two and will report back whether the attempt to retrieve data has been successfull or not.
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Ok, good luck finding one, keep us informed...
jiggy3Author Commented:
I am still searching for a matching drive and hope to have one soon!!  I will update this post when I know if the new board works.
jiggy3Author Commented:
Got another drive tonight. Although the drive was a DTLA-307030, it did not have an identical board, although, the MLC was the same number. Not sure what MLC is, but noticed on some DTLA-307030s the MLC was different.

Anyway, swapped boards with my disk and booted up PC. Hey presto, there was all my lost data - happy days.

Thanks for your help again.
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Great!! You must be the happiest man alive at this moment ;-)
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.