Hard drive failed. What next? Quickly comes to mind: “Hey, maybe I can swap some parts and get it working again.”
Are you dealing with this situation right now?
Well, here is the truth.
For the past few years, with the constant demand for more storage capacity by consumers, the hard disk drives manufacturers have been making many technology adjustments and advancements to meet de demand. The increased disk storage density has resulted in virtually making each drive unique with regard to physical disk variables, firmware, read-write component specifications and so on. Why is this important?
It is important because, unlike 10 years and longer ago, when it comes to considering swapping hard drive parts, such as the PCB or the read-write head assembly, it is no longer possible to simply do so. Since the hard drive manufacturing adjustments and advancements at firmware and read-write assembly level have made the drives unique, upon swapping parts, further corresponding adjustments to the part themselves must occur in order to make them compatible with the failed drive.
To make the donor hard drive parts compatible with those of the failed drive, advanced data recovery expertise, along with advanced data recovery software and hardware equipment, are necessary.
Here at, Data Recovery Guru, we get a lot of customers asking us for simple cost-effective do-it-yourself solutions. Unfortunately, simple solutions are no longer applicable and have not been for a few years now. The hard drive technology has evolved significantly, however, in correlation, so has the complexity in the data recovery process from failed devices.
In conclusion, if you or your IT department happen to find in such a situation, it is recommended to no longer waste time and money on buying parts and attempt a direct component swap. It simply won’t work. Furthermore, because of the lack of knowledge in understanding drive behavior, when testing a hard drive with incompatible parts, the resulted drive behavior will be confusing and misleading. In frustration, further tampering is likely to lead to more damage, often causing the files to become unrecoverable. If the files are important and the goal is to maximize the chances of recovery, it is recommended to seek a data recovery specialist for a consultation.
Note: This applies to all major hard drive manufacturers, namely: Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Hitachi, Samsung, etc.