Need hard drive

I need a known good PCB for a Western Digital 20GB IDE drive for critical data recovery.

Model number of drive must be WD200BB-00CVB0.

Anybody have one of these?


Ted Swenson
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Agree e-bay is a likely source => although confirming the exact model number may be a challenge.  

Here's a 20GB WD drive (expires in an hour):
It's clearly a WD200, but the rest of the details are too small/unclear to read (I downloaded the picture and tried to magnify it, but still couldn't tell)

Here's another, and it's definitely a 200-BB, but the suffix is different.   Not sure if that's just a production ID, or if the electronic interface is actually different ==> do you know ??

... in fact there are quite a few 20GB WD drives -- but I didn't see any in a few minutes of scanning that had the suffix you want.   I suspect that as long as it's a 200-BB the interface is the same;  but I do not know that for a fact.   You may want to send off queries to all of the e-bay sellers with 20GB WD drives asking for the complete model numbers.

Depending on just how critical your "... critical data recovery ..." needs are, you may want to simply send the drive off to a good professional data recovery business.   I suggest Gillware ( => they've very good; very reasonably priced (by data recovery standards -- typically $378.99); and have a "no recovery, no fee" policy;  so if they do not get your data you won't pay anything.
jhanceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've had pretty good luck finding things like this on EBay.
jhance is so right. yeah definetely ebay !
JohnnyCanuckConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Or, if there is an electronics recycler in your area you could try there.
CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In my experience with trying to recover a WD250 drive, the different suffix indicates a different PCB board.  You need to match that exactly to get a compatible board.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... I'm not surprised.   Just wasn't sure if it was a production ID (i.e. which factory produced the drive) or a PCB indicator, which identifies the PCB board.    The "safest" thing to do here is "off to Gillware."   ... but it certainly won't hurt to explore the available drives on e-bay to see if you can find one with the exact ID match.
tcswensonAuthor Commented:
Oops.  Sorry about the email address, Callandor.

Yes, I perused eBay yesterday & inquired about 30 different drives & no match.

Yes, the suffix is crucial.  Though PCBs are similar & sometimes the chipset are identical, the HDA standoffs can be different, etc.

garycase, what is "Gillware"?

Thanks everyone.
Gillware is, a reasonably priced data recovery service.
_Mr_LimoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Definately recommend if you are to use professional data recovery.  They're the best in the business & if the data is critical that's what matters.

On the otherhand - if professional data recovery is not an option, you must match EXACTLY the complete model number of the drive, then you must be SURE that the firmware versions are identical.  If they arent, you'll have no luck.  

E-bay will most likely be your only shot at finding one of these drives, but making sure the firmware matches is gonna be tough...
Whoa, take a step back and examine the situation carefully before you do anything.

Drive electronics are a bit like a cars wheel alignment. If you use second hand steering components to replace some of the steering mechanism on your car, I can almost guarantee you your wheel alignment will be out, even if by a little bit, but when it comes to hard disks, the alignment could be the equivalent of driving on the wrong side of the road.

While some cases of swapping circuit boards have been partly, successful, most of them are not and result in random data writes to the front of the drive making data recovery near on to impossible. Sometimes the controller chip on the head assembly is the faulty part, and replacing the external circuit board will not help, and may even damage the replacement board. Pros can normally isolate a faulty chip, replace it and lift your data. They can control one head at a time if need be, and if they have to open the drive, they should do it in a clean-air environment. The tinyest spec of dust can cause head crash, which on a microscopic level can be likened to 2 skyscrapers slapping together.

I agree with Mr Limo, take it to the pros if you can, and ask them to only retrieve what you need.

Mike P
I agree with thepcstation (Mike P) - professional data recovery is definitely your best shot at getting your data.  The only reason I mentioned ANYTHING about swapping the PCB boards is I wanted to make sure that you understand - IT MUST MATCH EXACTLY.   There can be NO deviation - and it's very difficult to find the correct drive - (just ask some that do it for a living...)  

If you data is critical:

good luck.
tcswensonAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for your assistance.

I did manage to find one matching drive locally, through craigslist.  But alas, it was dead, too.

Off to Gillware!

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