URGENT - Harddrive Died.... Help

vbimport

#1

I took out my Laptop Samsung 320G HD and put in an SSD.
I used a BYTECC USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA, when I plugged in the hard drive, everything worked. I unplugged the powersupply to place it to a more secure spot while the drive was spining…
Now the drive won’t spin and is not detected in the BIOS…

I do not have a backup of the drive and the information on there is critical…

Is it the Motor or the Control board that died? If Control Board can i just get an identical drive and swap it? Or it has to be the firmware and everything.
If it’s the motor… I have to get it to a specialist?

SAMSUNG HD322HJ 320G 7200RPM
Harddrive pics
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6182/dsc4734s.jpg
http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/9498/dsc4735h.jpg
http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/4952/dsc4736z.jpg
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9172/dsc4737z.jpg


#2

Uh. Did you disassemble this hard drive first? (I hope not.)

I start by re-inserting the drive back into the computer and see how it reacts, as if that SATA-IDE-USB box was ‘bad’.

This hard-drive is a SATA, yes? Sometimes the plastic L-shaped connectors get broken - check those. If those are broken, then there’s a major problem that we’ve sometimes solved by using the ‘all in one’ SATA connectors, like

where one ‘connector’ is actually helping the other connector stay in-place. But this has a limited value, by the way - broken plastic guides and connectors mean “drive is ready to die - save it while you can”.

Next, let’s assume the drive is dead. There’s probably no way we can chat up the tests and results for that determination - I’d find a local specialist. Even if it’s a custom PC shop, some guy in the backroom can help determine that, and he probably knows Recovery Services, too.


#3

I checked it is not the connector.

Where can i find this board?

Model: HM320HJ
HDD P/N: HM320HJ/D
S/N: S2ANJ1MB909457
LBA 625,142,448
REV A
F/W 2AK10002
KR-023NXF-39794
19T-015R-A1
DP/N 023NXF
SEC-HM320HJ(B)
2011.09
P/N: C7521-K12A-A1TX6

Motor
MP4
NLB2N11BZ

Information on PCB
P2 REV.2
20110923
A6B 9797

Embossed on board
2-9
94V-0
1135
651L
50-08

Engraved on Board
BF41-00320A 04
83M_REV-02

Printed on board
8R01Y


#4

I apologize for my first note - I opened up your first pix and was shocked to see it already disassembled, and my brain went into a panic-freeze. But I can see from those pix that the plastic shield-guides on the SATA connectors are intact, and you’re using some kind of anti-static padding for a cushion.

I assume you re-inserted the drive back into the laptop and tried to fire it up again.

So your last question stands: “Where can I find this exact, precise drive to replace parts over and over until I get the right ones working?”


#5

Im confident it is the PCB that died.
I just need to put in an identical one to pull the information out of there.

Once that is done i’ll chuck it in the garbage and get a new drive.


#6

Perhaps an easier place to start would be Used Notebook sellers.

I am thinking the “exact same notebook model” is likelier to have that same drive, and it would be easier to locate those than individual parts.

Maybe you can query nearby college-areas for their used notebook resellers, and see if you can get lucky there.


#7

[QUOTE=Tilhasbb;2653664]
I do not have a backup of the drive and the information on there is critical…
[/QUOTE]Then contact a reliable data recovery company like Kroll Ontrack. Playing around with the drive might cause more damage making data recovery more painful and expensive.

Michael


#8

I just got the drive back from Donor Drives and AMAZING service!!
They brought my drive back to life without costing me an arm and a leg like everyone else wanted.

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