Hello, I own a Western Digital GreenPower 3TB internal 3.5" SATA hard drive (model WD30EURS-63R8UY0). A few weeks ago, the SATA power connector’s thin plastic tab broke off, and although I did manage to connect it long enough to offload ALL the data (whew), a couple of pins broke off the drive connector.
I found a deal on a couple of replacement control boards of the same model and revision (A), but only recently did I find out that to make it work I’d normally have to swap the U12 IC (firmware chip) from the old board to the “donor” board. This would be no problem as I can solder, BUT unfortunately I threw away the broken board, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Physically the drive was fine the last time I successfully accessed it. Is there any way to somehow “reset” the firmware on the donor board so that it’ll automagically reinitialize itself and get cozy with what to it is a “new” drive, or is this drive basically a lost cause because the firmware from the old board was “tuned” to work with this drive at the factory?
Thanks in advance for any help.