I am offering 500 points for this because I need some sound advice (no hype please) on swapping the controller on a hard-drive.
Here's the scenario:
I have a 160GB Hitachi 7K250 ATA100 hard-drive that died. No spin, no clunk (essentially a brick).
While the data on this drive is not mission critical enough to warrant a $2000 cost of attempted proffesional data recovery, it is several years worth of educational research, that would be nearly impossible to replace.
A friend of mine told me that it could be that the controller is dead, and if I swapped it out I might be able to get the data off. I took it to a repair shop but the only option they offered was to send it away for a $2000 inspection.
Now, I have the same model drive (except 120GB capacity) in my computer which I'd be willing to risk if there is a chance of getting the data off (both drives MLC=H71474, and visually the controllers look the same).
What say the experts? Good idea? Bad Idea? Might work? Won't work? And most importantly -- WHY?
I may not get back to you on your input right way as I'm about to go to bed, but any helpful advice will be greatly appreciated.