Hi, I have a dead HDD, by dead I mean the spindle motor has reached it's final resting place. Once before in a similar situation, many moons ago, I swapped the platers from a dead drive into a new drive with the same model number and the same firmware, read the data, and it was good. I had hoped to do the same with this current dead drive. But I'm having a hard time finding a suitable host drive to receive the platers.
Long story short, what parts are related to the firmware?
Could I put the platers from my drive with FW: 3.04 in to the same model with FW: 3.96?
Does the FW change how data is written/read on the platter?
What is the relationship between the heads and the PCB, compatibly wise with different FW?