Can you help make a guess for this failing drive ?


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    Can you help make a guess for this failing drive ?


    I have many hard drives, more than 10, both internal and external. Currently they are all good.

    I have a hard drive that is one of the earliest drives, in fact, it's the newest, servicing for less than a year. When a few weeks ago I took it out from the PC chassis, it suddenly started to work wired and did not work at last.

    Someone else on the web commented that it's likely to be "short-circuit" and suggested me try to replace the circuit board or get someone to do so.

    The drive was never dropped or crashed, I am pretty sure.

    What do you think? What do you guess? Can I get it fixed by replacing the circuit board? or will it be a waste of money?

    I will not think about data recovery . I know it's expensive, and the data inside doesn't worth that much. Only some not very memorable pictures and 1080p videos
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    I'm sure you can get it repaired if you are willing to spend enough money. If you have enough of that stuff, you can make most anything happen.

    But I doubt if you can get if fixed for less than the cost of a new drive. I wouldn't think a repair person in this day and age would get off the couch for less than $75, with the parts costing even more.

    If it's under warranty, that's another story.

    If it's not in warranty and is some crazy type of drive that would cost $500 to replace, maybe that's another story too.

    First thing I'd do is try to run the manufacturer's diagnostics on the drive. If it fails and is under warranty, try to replace it. If it fails and is not under warranty, I'd plan to replace it.
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  3. CountMike's Avatar
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    If it's circuit board with SATA interface, it's difficult to change because it may require some soldering of a chip, installing new firmware and realigning it. Almost impossible at home and may be expensive. Unless you must retrieve very important data, it doesn't pay to even try. Cheaper to by new one.
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    ignatzatsonic said:
    I'm sure you can get it repaired if you are willing to spend enough money. If you have enough of that stuff, you can make most anything happen.

    But I doubt if you can get if fixed for less than the cost of a new drive. I wouldn't think a repair person in this day and age would get off the couch for less than $75, with the parts costing even more.

    If it's under warranty, that's another story.

    If it's not in warranty and is some crazy type of drive that would cost $500 to replace, maybe that's another story too.

    First thing I'd do is try to run the manufacturer's diagnostics on the drive. If it fails and is under warranty, try to replace it. If it fails and is not under warranty, I'd plan to replace it.
    Hi

    It's an 4TB spinning drive, and there are some files - " not very invaluable, but want to get them back if I can"

    Since the files are not very invaluable. As a result, I will definitely not go for data recovery service.

    The only question is if it's worth buying a circuit board and try replacing it.
    I have a strong suspect that it's not the inside of the spinning drive having problems because I never dropped it or crashed it.
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  5. CountMike's Avatar
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    No, it doesn't pay buying new or even used circuit board for reasons I outlined above. Used to do a lot or swapping with old IDE derives but SATA is too complicated to do at home. Even when transplant succeeds chances of recovering files intact are not high.
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  6. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Tsw88 said:
    Hi

    I have a strong suspect that it's not the inside of the spinning drive having problems because I never dropped it or crashed it.
    That's entirely possible, but the cost of finding out the exact nature of the problem is prohibitive, considering it's only a common 4 TB drive and the contents aren't highly valuable.
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