I have a failed WD2000 Caviar (EIDE) I need help with. It held my photos among other things and naturally some more recent ones were not backed up.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this is actually a firmware corruption issue. This particular motherboard has a history of doing weird things to (previous) secondary drives. They become inaccessible to Windows (XP) which wants to reformat them. Recovery software can usually retreive things.
This time it’s different as the drive doesn’t come up at all. BIOS says that the drive is identifying as a Barracuda – a different make.
I did try getting the identical drive off eBay. with the same numbers on the circuit board. I verified that it worked okay and then tried swapping in that drive’s board onto my bad one but it didn’t fix things.
Just to confirm, firmware repair is not something I can do myself, right? I believe there is special hardware tools recovery businesses have to connect to drives and fix this sort of issue.
Any assistance or recommendations for recovery services would be appreciated. I know recovery never comes cheap but I don’t want someone giving me a song and dance about clean rooms and moving the platter when in reality they just plug in a tool, reload firmware, and it’s done. I certainly willing to pay for specialized knowledge and tools however.