Dead HDD. Swap PCB from 'clunck'-of-death HDD
Posted on 2010-09-15
Should I attempt a data recovery by swapping the HDD's PCB?
My HDD died last week. All of a sudden, my PC stopped with a BSOD. I rebooted however, my HDD was not listed as being present. The HDD was not making any unusual noises (which I am very familiar with having suffered many HDD failures in the past). When I removed the HDD it appeared to be considerably hotter than I would normally expect it to be.
There is a good chance it's just a dead circuit board.
I managed to locate the same model HDD which is also dead (having died from the 'clunk' of death - a mechanical failure perhaps?).
Is it worth trying a PCB swap-out with the PCB taken from the HDD that died from a 'clunking' sound in an attempt to retrive data fom my dead HDD? - or should I NOT take this risk and obtain a known good HDD for PCB replacement?
What is your advise.
BTW, the HDD is a Westren Digital WD4000KS (WD Caviar SE16).