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Hard Drive data recovery

Hello,

I have an external hard drive (MHS2040AT < Fujitsu 40GB drive 2.5' Drive). It connects to the computer via either USB or Firewire. My client reported it suddenly stopped. Windows started reporting that the drive was malfunctioning etc..

I took it to a data recovery company and it turns out that the electronics on the PCB card were damaged and therefore required replacing. The cost being nearly £600.

My Questions :

1. What is a PCB card ?
2. Can buy a new MHS2040AT < Fujitsu 40GB drive 2.5' Drive for £50 and ask the company to simply swap the the new PCB card with the damaged PCB card ?

Thanks :)

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jhanceCommented:
1) PCB - in this context at least means PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD.  A.k.a. the LOGIC board or CONTROLLER board in the drive.  It controls almost all aspects of the drive's operation.  If it fails the drive fails.

2) Maybe.  I've had some success doing but but you must get the exact model replacement.  You may even need to get the exact rev. level PCB.  Not always easy.

There is still no guarantee that you'll get your data back.  Professional data recovery is strongly suggested if the data is valuable.
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
Hi jhance,

Thanks for the informaiton ;)

I am using a professional data recovery company - i just wanted to see if this would be a possibility :)

What would damage a PCB in a hard drive - power surge ?
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garycaseCommented:
I agree that replacing the circuit board is worth a try.   I've done this several times with 3.5" drives, although only once for a 2.5" drive -- but in all but one case it resolved the problem.  This drive is still available in the UK, so it's certainly worth a try:
http://www.savastore.com/productinfo/product.aspx?catalog_name=Savastore&product_id=10266097&pid=45&tid=3

As for what caused it, it's impossible to say with certainty.  A power surge could certainly have done it;  or a component on the board could have simply failed, or the board could have been subjected to a physical shock (dropping it, for example).

In any event, if the problem is only the circuit board, there's an excellent chance that replacing the board will fully recover the data.
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garycaseCommented:
... by the way, I agree with jhance that you need to be sure you buy the same model (which is what I linked to above).   I have, however, used circuit boards with different revision numbers and they worked fine -- no guarantee that will always work, but I'd say there's a very good chance.
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
Thats great thank you for the information ;) will give it a go.
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garycaseCommented:
You're most welcome -- post back with your results.

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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
Will do should know by Wednesday :) Thanks again.
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nobusCommented:
>>   The cost being nearly £600   <<< try gillware :    http://www.gillware.com/      

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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
Sorry they are in the US, im in the UK ;)
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