WD1600 Used both Power Connectors

I mistakenly connected both the SATA and Legacy (Molex) power cables and energized the WD1600JS.  Now it will not spin.

Is there any hope the data can be recovered?  Do I need to send it to a data recovery outfit?  They will probably charge over $150/hour just to look at it and then tell me it is not possible to recover the data.  Any help will be appreciated.

See http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/HDD/TVS_diode_FAQ.html

If your drive is an earlier model without protection diodes, then you will need to transfer the 8-pin serial flash memory chip at location U12 to your replacement PCB. This chip stores unique, drive specific, “adaptive” information. Some board suppliers include a firmware or “ROM” transfer service for US$10 - $20. Alternatively your local TV/AV repair shop should be able to handle it.


I’m assuming that your drive’s preamp (inside the HDA) has survived. If not, then data recovery will be very expensive.

A photo of the damaged PCB may help.

I was afraid to remove the PCB as I do not have a clean room.  I have taken the drive to ADR to see if they can recover the data.  Thank you for your kind advice.

If some data recovery company has told you that you need to remove a PCB in a cleanroom, then they are reprehensible liars and should be avoided.

At the moment, a board swap and firmware transfer should cost you around US$70.