View Full Version : Pulling data off of hard drive with bad controller

January 15th, 2016, 07:51 PM
What is the best way to get data off a hard drive with a bad controller? It is mainly pictures and home movies. I am 100% certain that it is the controller and the not the platters or stepper motors.


January 15th, 2016, 07:56 PM
swap its PCB with one from an identical drive. it's the least expensive way compared to what you'd pay for professional recovery.

January 16th, 2016, 01:59 PM
I have a few other TB HD's gotta see if they are the same model.

January 16th, 2016, 05:32 PM
If you can't do what phuckphace suggested, which btw is a clever idea I never thought of, you will have to pay a specialist to transfer the platters I expect, which will be very costly.

January 20th, 2016, 06:32 AM
I've done a PCB swap before with two 1TB WD Blacks and it worked great, but keep in mind the donor drive has to be 100% identical. if it's a different model it'll have different firmware and won't work, even if it's the same manufacturer.

January 20th, 2016, 03:48 PM
You may be able to find a PCB on eBay. Bottom line, find a good recovery service and see if they can give it a go..

January 25th, 2016, 10:54 PM
I came across a hard drive with bad platters that is the same exact model with identicle Firmware.

And... It worked. Thanks you!