Hi, I have a friends hard drive and I was trying to recover data for him. I plug the hard drive in and it makes a buzzing sound (almost sounds like the drive is having a hard time building up speed) then 10 seconds later I can hear the actuator click once. It does this about 3-4 times in a row then it just turns off completlety.
I was wondering if I replaced the board on the hard drive (if I can locate a match) if it would be worth trying?
The drive is a seagate barracuda 7200.7 80 gb drive.
I have a similar spare drive (seagate barracuda 7200.9 80 gb) and allthough the PCB's look very different on both drives, it looks like they all have similar components mounted to the board. So I have a FLIR thermal camera and I took a photo of both drives. On my drive (the 7200.9) I can see three main chips heating up. But on the defective drive only two main chips heat up. It appears one chip is staying cold on the defective drive (the chip is shown in the photo below with the red x marked on it).
So from looking at this to me it appears that the circuit board may be damaged on the defective drive. Does anyone agree or disagree? If it is likley that the board is damaged I will try to locate a replacment to see if replacing it will allow the data to be recovered.