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Is it possible to replace an actuator arm in a SATA hard drive? I've got a decent amount of stuff on this drive, though it's not mission critical that I recover it. The read-write head is broken/bent, but I'm guessing the entire arm would need to be replaced.

Also, if it's possible... can I buy just the actuator arm for a drive? Any advice or tips?
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Not by you. You'd need a professional recovery agency with a clean room and plenty of highly expensive equipment to get the data back. Besides, as you know the arm is broken or bent, you have probably already open the disk's case, and that will have reduced the chances for recovery to almost zero, so not even those agencies will have much of a chance.
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As noted above, you cannot even repair such a drive. If you need the data it will be costly. And then you need a new drive anyway.

Good luck with getting your data back.
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Why would it not be possible though?
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Small drives are put together in clean rooms by robots. You cannot remove a good arm without damaging the disk. You and I are not robots.

Yes, I have taken broken drives apart, and so I am speaking from some personal experience.
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Since the disk has probably already been opened, you have now contaminated the disks with Dust particles, probably also fingerprints etc, and that causes 100% head crashes. Besides that that the parts would need to be properly aligned, which isn't possible to do without any really expensive specialized equipment.
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Thanks to you both. I really appreciate the clarification! Will be more careful next time.
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Travis - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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