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Windows 7: Hard Drive Refresh & Restore SMART Data

28 Jun 2018   #11
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I know a guy who keeps detailed records of all hard drives he installs in his customers' computers. If any one of them ever has a failed hard drive, and he believes that it is the drive's circuit board, he will see if another customer has an identical drive. If he finds one who does, he will offer to upgrade them to a new, bigger drive for free, so he can retrieve the identical drive. He then swaps the circuit boards, in order to revive the failing drive. The way he tells it, it sounds like this has worked when he has tried it.


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28 Jun 2018   #12
LMiller7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
I know a guy who keeps detailed records of all hard drives he installs in his customers' computers. If any one of them ever has a failed hard drive, and he believes that it is the drive's circuit board, he will see if another customer has an identical drive. If he finds one who does, he will offer to upgrade them to a new, bigger drive for free, so he can retrieve the identical drive. He then swaps the circuit boards, in order to revive the failing drive. The way he tells it, it sounds like this has worked when he has tried it.
This may work in some cases but I would consider it very risky. You should have a full backup of the drive before proceeding. And be prepared to replace the drive if the procedure fails.
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