Many people have tried to switch dead circuit boards on their drives in order to revive them, and today we will take the time to delve into that particular myth.
The Myth: If the circuit board of your drive has failed, you can switch it out with another compatible part and your hard drive will work again.
The Rationale: Some boards of similar drive models are interchangeable, and many think that replacing a fried circuit board with a newer one will not only save them their data, but also time and money.
The Verdict: It’s a waste of time. Finding a replacement circuit board is much more complicated than repairing other more basic hardware. Actually locating a matching part is kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack: it might be out there, but there are so many factors and hoops one must jump through first. Try it yourself: search on the Internet for what criteria a replacement circuit board must follow. Every advice column will spew out loads of different advice, and how do you know which person is right? You don’t; every situation and circuit board is unique. Not only does the new board need various model, firmware, and DCM numbers to match the old drive, but both also have to be produced in the same country within a similar time period. And, if that isn’t enough, on top of that you should only open your hard drive and fool around with the parts within a Class 100 Clean Room (a room with no more than 100 dust particles per cubic foot of air). Most likely, one of these factors will get messed up. You will find yourself not only upset about hours of work that went down the drain, but after messing with your drive, it could be screwed up enough that any data on it will never be recoverable. (i.e., this is too risky and time consuming. Don’t even bother trying.)
Save yourself the trouble of having to debunk a data recovery myth on your own by backing up your projects in multiple locations. An off-site solution like Gobbler should be one, out of at least three places you have your files backed up to ensure that you never lose a file again.
If you have any data recovery myths that you’ve tried or would like us to look into, drop a comment below.