[OT] Troubleshooting ATA Drives..
mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Wed Mar 9 22:32:29 CST 2005
> Any one with experience on doing electrical troubleshooting on
> (Maxtor) ATA Drives, please drop me a note off-list. I just had a PS
> failure and it "took-out" a drive with some fairly critical data. I
> believe the board (rather than the platter itself) took the bullet,
> and I want to explore options before sending the drive out for $6K+
> in repair costs.
Well, one option might be to try to find an identical drive and swap
boards between then. In my (admittedly rather limited) experience,
swapping logic boards is just a matter of taking a few screws out and
making sure the boards get lined up correctly. But you need an
identical drive to swap with. If the drive is still available, getting
another identical one is likely to run way less than $6K and may well
be worth doing against the chance it'll work.
You will almost certainly need a torx of the right size, which
probably means a decent set of torxes; every drive I've looked at with
an eye to mechanical disassembly has been held together with torxes.
For that matter, I'm in a similar situation: I have a Maxtor which
reports itself as having 0 heads, 0 sectors/track, and 0 cylinders; if
I had an identical drive, I'd try swapping boards, but I don't.
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