It’s a few days that my Passport Essential SE 750 GB Usb 3.0 is not recognized by any system that I connect it to. I hear efforts to try and spin up but after a few consecutive tries, it fails and then stops completely.
I doubt there has been any loss of the data, but I guess it is the SATA surface or a PCB and that is what drives me crazy. That the data is there but unaccessible. So I first bought an external 2.5’’ SATA case, only to realise that the Essential series features not a standard, removable SATA connector, but on the contrary, it is somehow integrated with the disk and cannot be removed in case of failure. I would have to unscrew and detach the entire PCB under the disk.
So a second guess is this. If I take my friend’s passport (same model but 500 GB) and “transplant” the entire pcb to my own disk, will it work? We had bought them from the same shop, the same day. (I know of differences in firmware which may cause incompatibility)
I surely cannot give 500 Euros for a burnt PCB or SATA connection. Actually its not even “Data recovery” what I want to do, so I am looking for alternatives…