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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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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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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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