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Recover data from SATA HDD

Hello,

I'm after help in recovering data from a hard drive.

This drive was from an external hard drive.  The logic board got fried so I got a replacement hard drive from eBay.  The model # is identical but the firmware version is slightly different, 3.AAC (new) compared to 3.AAD (old).  The board also looks lidentical if this helps.  I tried the logic board from the replacement drive, the drive spins up OK and is recognised in a BIOS but in Windows, Ubuntu Live CD etc there's no data on the drive except for a Recyvle Bin and a System Volume Information folder.

I've also used a USB-SATA adapter, I'm asked to initialize the disk in Windows but I'm a bit scared to do that.

Am I stuffed?  I was thinking I good take the platters only out of the dead drive and put them into the replacemnt drive.  Is this even possible to do?  I don't care about the replacement drive, it only needs to work long enougfh for me to get the data off.

thanks
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Before you screw it up worse, just take it to a professional.  Chances are good that it is a total loss, however ... at least now it is a total loss.  Odds are low enough that blindly replacing a logic board would have fixed it. but with a different firmware revision, meaning potentially different sectoring / offsets, AND actually firing up the drive, you probably screwed it up to the point where it could be very expensive to recover anyway.
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brettkmAuthor Commented:
If they didn't charge what they charge, this is the first thing I would've done.
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RavaklCommented:
You can try to clon this drive with Gost or another clon programm.
Than try to use on clon one or another HDD Data Recovery Software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recovery_software
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get the copy of Recuva www.recuva.com (free) or trial version of GetDataBack www.runtime.org and search for data on this drive.
If it could not find anything then professional recovery service is your only solution.
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ReclaiMeCommented:
Whatever you do, do not mess with the platters. Chances that you can do a platter transfer properly on your very first attempt are nil; moreover, the attempted and screwed up platter transfer ruins any chance for the follow-up recovery, even in a lab.
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RavaklCommented:
to ReclaiMe: I have an positive expiriens with PCB replacement. If you are carefully and using the right screwdrivers, it's never problem.



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ReclaiMeCommented:
He did the PCB swap already, with a limited success, and is now considering a platter swap. While PCB swap is relatively easy to do, platter swap is not. Especially if you are doing it for a first time ever.
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SnibborgOwnerCommented:
The other way is to use a stand alone SATA drive copier.  Drop your defective drive in one slot and an empty one in the other, press a button and voila.  No computer required.

Here's one: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=SATA+drive+copier+station&meta=

Snibborg
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RavaklCommented:
sorry, I've missunderstood. It's not good idea if you want change platters (disks). It shoulbe done in special clean room and with special tools. 25 years ago it was 5% successful with the 10MB HDD's :).
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brettkmAuthor Commented:
I bit the bullet and took it to a professional.  I was hoping for a miracle solution but this was the only way.
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