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Windows 7: Western Digital WD2500 Caviar SE not working---files are trapped!

11 Jun 2012   #11
Night Hawk

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The reason why it wouldn't work would be it wasn't any problem with the controller card to start with. Once the mechanical part of a drive is history how old or new the controller card is won't make any difference.

If the drive simply stuffed up without a sound then you could suspect something let go on the controller as a possibility. In most cases the clicking sounds on any drive points at worn internal parts not servicable.

Plus you first have to be able match the exact same card either taken from another drive same size and speed for the card and follow the recommendations in the guide for this which do suggest a data recovery service by the way when you find out that it will take far more to fix a drive once things inside are giving out. How to Swap a Hard Drive Controller Circuit | eHow.com


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11 Jun 2012   #12
F5ing

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Plus you first have to be able match the exact same card either taken from another drive same size and speed for the card and follow the recommendations in the guide for this which do suggest a data recovery service by the way when you find out that it will take far more to fix a drive once things inside are giving out. How to Swap a Hard Drive Controller Circuit | eHow.com
In my experience it's more than that. You've got to find a card that was manufactured for the exact same manufacturing "run". If you just get a card for the same model (size/speed) it's likely not going to work. The cards for any given model change every so often. If you can find a card that was for a drive assembled at the same location and within a week or so of your drive you may be in luck.

If someone is really desperate and doesn't want to or can't spend the money, you can even do a one time opening for data recovery by replacing head stack, voice coils, etc. Short of disassembling platters/motor.
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11 Jun 2012   #13
Night Hawk

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The fact that the drive was recognized and still found to have the data on it shows the present controller card isn't the problem. Otherwise the drive would be sitting there lifeless. That controls the motor telling it how fast to run or when to slow it down as well as the main arm the heads sit on as to where to go across the platters. While the clicking sound generally points at the arm slapping around inside.

When the arm goes that has the read/write heads on it the volume on the drive can't be mounted since nothing can read directly from the drive since the arm is flaky at best. But at least when installed internally on the other machine you have the best chance of saving files from it. If you look in the Disk Management there and find a 232-234gb volume shown you simply right click on that to select the change drive letter option and pick a letter available.

The transfer rate would be much faster for a drive on the way out as well when going to use a data recovery program or if needing trying out the live cd method to see just how much you can save from it. I would start with the most important first which would be anything you can't simply replace later.

As for the 80gb and initial crash it sounds like that was mainly due to not having cleaned off the drivers from the old card first before trying to install for the new card resulting in two set clashing with each other. The boot information likely got a little foobar from the hard boot or shutdown if it wasn't from a new bad sector formed on that drive.
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12 Jun 2012   #14
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How about we leave this thread for the original poster? I don't thing it's going to do him/her much good continuing the discussion you and I are having.

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