Fried hard drive

My friend asked me to try and fix his laptop hard drive. What I think happened was, he tried connecting it to a USB to IDE cable. It was really for 3.5" hard drives, however it came with an adapter for 2.5" drives. However, he plugged the drive in after he plugged in the power, and it started smoking. He took it out and plugged it in the other way - upside-down, since laptop drives don't have that little plastic piece sticking out that forces it to be plugged in the right way. This seems to have fried it (since the power is in the IDE connector and it was plugged in the wrong way), and when I plugged it in the right way, the motor does not start up. I also tried putting it in the freezer for a few hours, and that didn't work either. I know I could pay for data recovery, however, I'm looking for a cheaper solution. Any help?


aryehbermanAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No certainty that this would work, but you could get an identical drive (check ebay) and swap the circuit boards.  Then try it.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
http://www.gillware.com

that is at cheap as you are going to get it.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
If the drive was smoking, it is toast.  Sorry, you will never recover a fried PCB board on a hard drive for anything but $2500 plus.  So forget it, and teach him the right way to plug in the drive in the future.
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
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nobusCommented:
>>    he tried connecting it to a USB to IDE cable  <<   never heard of such a thing; you mean a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor cable maybe?
One thing you can try - no guarantees ! - is replacing the logic board, if possible at all. here a link to one who did it (but if you want the data, try gillware, as suggested, much cheaper as said above, and they work on a no cure no pay basis)

http://www.deadharddrive.com/      
http://hddguru.com/content/en/articles/2006.02.17-Changing-headstack-Q-and-A/
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mikemCommented:
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nobusCommented:
yes, i looked it up- anyway, i consider it a bad move, since for such an adaptor you have to install the driver before it works, AND it ads a hardware interface level.
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
Hello aryehberman,
Have you tried with my comment?

BR Dushan
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@mcp_jon.. you missed Dushan.. can you add him in the split?  the comment provide is valid.
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aryehbermanAuthor Commented:
Dushan's comment can't help me because I can't get the drive to start up. It might be that the information is fine, except that the logic board got fried. For this I need to find a new logic board like leew and nobus said, however, for my drive (toshiba mk4006mav) the only thing I was able to find was a new hard drive on ebay for ~$100.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@aryehberman...we're all waiting for you to provide feedback...surely we want to help you...but really can't read your mind. What is your path of correction and how do our comments apply to your situation?
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aryehbermanAuthor Commented:
leew and nobus's comments might work, however, I don't want to accept them bec. I have not yet fount another logic board to try replacing with.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@aryehberman...this question is in cleanup due to no response from you, mcp_jon needs to make that determiniation. If Dushan's comment doesn't work, then the most possible solutions would be from mcp_jon's first cleanup proposal.  The question can't be left open forever.  Since you're still waiting for that logic board...that leaves this question inconclusive.

Frankly there are 2 possible answers,  replace the circuit board which MAY rectifiy the problem OR send that drive off for professional data recovery.  If one doesn't work, the other will.

Let me refer you the a member guideline on closing your own questions
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi78

There is certainly enough content here to PAQ the question.. and no chance of refund of any points. The remaining option is to SPLIT the points as first prescribed by mcp_jon (sorry dushan..I tried my friend), with no grade less than A
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
I hope that I didn't convey that harshly...but you have to maintain your question(s) when you participate here.

Thanks in advance.

Aloha from Hawaii,

Irwin
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you
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