Back in late 2008, I bought myself a 1TB WD Caviar Black Sata HD. Maybe a couple weeks to a month after I bought it, the system started getting connection failures from it. The computer would freeze up for a while, and I’d usually have to restart the machine. When I did that, the computer no longer saw the HD’s partitions.
So I turned it off, opened up the tower, wiggled around the data and power cord, started up the machine, and then they showed up again. And then the same **bleep** thing happened again days later. I tried replacing both the power and data cables, but the same things kept on happening.
I thought the whole issue was my fault; maybe I just couldn’t get the cords to stay in correctly. So I didn’t bother to take it back. Unfortunately, it kept falling out no matter how securly I put the **bleep** thing in and that finally fried the logic board. I know it’s the logic board since the platters spin just fine. The machine can still detect the drive (as the bios tells me), but windows can’t get past startup. I’ve tried this on multiple computers, and everywhere I put it the system ends up freezing. In the few instances I was able to get into windows with the thing installed, it jammed up as soon as I told it to import the HD.
It wasn’t until I was forced to do some research on this subject that I found out that the data connectors for SATA HDs are notoriously cheap. I’m rather angry about this. I mean, why did they package such a cheap and inadequate connector with the HD if it’s not to be so **bleep** sheap and inadequate in the first place!?
There are 80 gigs on this brick that I really cannot afford to lose, and forcing me to spend around $500–something I don’t have–on data recovery is simply unacceptable. So I think my best course of action is to try and replace the logic board. I hear it’s fairly simple with WD Drives. I’m assuming that WD will not do this for me (even though it would be more cost-efficient than the warranty I have on it). However, I’m curious as to whether or not they would have a special order policy where they could send me a replacement logic board and I could install it myself.