My hard drive failed out of no where and my backups are messed up. I’m hoping I can still get the drive going long enough to pull the data off.
The drive doesn’t spin up or click or make any noises so I’m guessing (read: hoping) it’s the controller board although I’m not seeing any obvious signs of damage. I’ve been doing some reading and I was thinking about replacing the PCB but I know there are some tricks on whether you need to move the U12 chip, match firmware, or if I can just pop out a diode.
Before I do anything stupid, I’m hoping someone here can give me advise on whether the board is the issue and how I can get me data back. Considering my backups are non functional, this may be the only place I have some very important family photos. I’d appreciate any help I can get!
Date: 12 Jan 2006
Some pictures of the board: